ADOT answers questions about Ina Road construction - Tucson News Now

ADOT answers questions about Ina Road construction

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Wednesday, March 15, marks one month since Project Ina began, and the Arizona Department of Transportation says construction is still scheduled to finish on time. 

The project will reroute Ina Road over Interstate 10 and is set to take two years.

As construction kicks off, many drivers have a lot of questions. 

So, Tucson News Now got some answers.

WHY AREN'T CREWS WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK?

Although some people may think it makes more sense to work at night, officials say that's not the case.

“The primary reasons for working during daylight hours are noise, safety and feasibility," said Tom Hermann, public information officer for ADOT. "Construction work is noisy and overnight work could greatly impact homes and hotels near the project area.”

Hermann said working in the dark also presents other challenges.

“It’s difficult, dangerous or unproductive to perform some of our tasks at night," he said.

Hermann said that a lot of construction work requires outside parties like concrete or asphalt suppliers, and trucking companies.

“Those companies generally don’t operate at night, making it harder or more expensive to perform the work,” he said.

Project Ina has a crew of about 60 people.

“In general the contractor is working Monday through Friday, 10 hours each day. Individual crew shifts may be longer depending on the specific task. We work some nights and weekends when that’s needed, usually to minimize impacts to traffic or the general public, or to make certain the project remains on schedule.”

Hermann wants the public to know that even if they may not see people working all the time, chances are, they are working off-site or running errands for the project.

IS THERE A CASH INCENTIVE TO FINISH EARLY?

No, but there are penalties for the contractor is the work is not finished on time.

“For ADOT and the contractor, finishing early will mean a reduction of the overhead costs that are associated with managing a big project like this one. So both ADOT and the contractor are motivated to finish as early as possible," Hermann said.

WILL THE PROJECT BE DONE IN TIME? 

Crews are on schedule, according to Hermann.

WHY IS ORANGE GROVE SHUT DOWN?

For drivers' safety.

“The exit from westbound I-10 was moved back from Orange Grove to Sunset for safety reasons," Hermann said. "With some drivers likely to use the Orange Grove exit because of the ramp closures at Ina, there was the possibility that traffic could have backed up to I-10 travel lanes, creating a dangerous situation. There is no risk of that happening at Sunset."

WHEN WILL ORANGE GROVE RE-OPEN?

The situation at the Orange Grove exit is expected to remain in place until at or near the end of the project in 2019, according to Hermann.

For more information about Project Ina, click HERE: http://bit.ly/2n9G9SE

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