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Construction close to ending at Houghton Road and Broadway

Tucson (Kgun9-TV), 11/07/2014, Construction at the intersection of Houghton and Broadway has been a burden for drivers and businesses since November, but next month that headache should be gone.

The $10 million project is on track to be finished three months early. Its part of the larger Houghton Road Corridor project approved by voters in 2006 with a budget of $2.1 billion. The Regional Transportation Authority is increasing the Houghton to six lanes at the intersection, creating dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes and bus pull-outs, adding new traffic signals, building underground drainage for all weather conditions, and adding bike paths and sidewalks.

"Certainly its a plus to be ahead of schedule and that's good for the businesses in the area," said Mike Graham, spokesman for Tucson Department of Transportation.

Mama's Pizza is in the shopping center at the corner of Broadway and Houghton. Store manager, Joseph Spina, says this has been their slowest year yet.

"People avoid the area naturally, and i think we all do it," he said about drivers while construction is going on.

Drivers also say they are sometimes confused when driving through the area.

"Lately I can't find what entrance I'm supposed to go in," said Nancy Stockel about going to the Safeway at the intersection.

With the project supposed to wrap up next month, both Stockel and Spina say the project was important.

"I'm sure its much needed," says Stockel.

"This stuff has to happen if the city is gonna grow and things are gonna get better for us and other businesses in the city," said Spina.

Next month the Regional Transportation Authority will begin construction to widen Houghton Road between Broadway and 22nd Street to six lanes. For more information on the project, go to www.houghtonroad.info.