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Businesses welcome new Prince Road traffic interchange

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Businesses that operate within a mile of the new traffic interchange have been waiting years for it to open. Businesses that operate within a mile of the new traffic interchange have been waiting years for it to open.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief as the I-10 widening project in Tucson sees a new milestone: the Prince Road interchange is finally open.

Businesses that operate within a mile of the new traffic interchange have been waiting for this moment for years. One wise business owner took an opportunity to open her shop on Prince Road just in time.

Diane Weathersby recently moved her remodeling business to Tucson from Chicago. The shop, called Weathersby Windows and Doors of Tucson, installs replacement windows and doors.

"Retrofitting windows is a big business in Tucson. The sun is really damaging to windows," Weathersby said.

Weathersby heard the new traffic interchange on Prince road would open soon and subsequently obtained two suites in a small business complex on Prince Road near Romero, just about a mile away form the I-10 interchange.

"Everyone is really hoping there is going to be a large increase in traffic. Everyone is really excited about it opening up, and we look at it as being a very positive thing for us because we were really lucky to pick up this open space up here," Weathersby said.

While it was perfect timing for her, Weathersby said shops next door have lost some business over the years because of less traffic. They are, however, optimistic about what the new overpass will bring for them.   

Weathersby said she anticipates up to 40,000 more drivers will pass by her business, thanks to the new interchange.

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