TUCSON – Another major construction project is going to start on the Northwest Side.
The Ina Road interchange has already increased traffic on other streets. Pima County is about to turn Cortaro Farms Road into a new construction zone.
Brian Bouffard owns the Oldfather Inn and lives on the Northwest Side.
“We're in road construction hell in Pima County because they don't know how to get the job done quicker,” Bouffard said.
The stretch of road between Camino De Oeste and Thornydale Road is the last section with only 2 lanes. When completed, it will have 4 lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks.
On Wednesday evening the county hosted an open house to update drivers. The project manager, Paul Bennett, said the project cannot wait until Ina Road is finished.
“If we don't use the money now it has to go back into the region,” Bennett said. “And the chances of getting it back reallocated, pretty slim. So let's get the thing done. Let's get it finished.”
Many people at the open house were concerned about the traffic moving to other areas.
“Are people going to start cutting through our neighborhoods to try to bypass some of the construction areas?” David McGeary asked.
Construction is expected to start on September 25. Bennett said he hopes it will be finished by Christmas of 2018.