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  • Businessman on Indirect Left project: “It’s been a godsend”

    Oct 21, 2013 | Read More News
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    Wednesday will mark the final day of work on the transition of the intersection of Oracle and Ina roads to a design that should ultimately reduce traffic congestion and crashes at an intersection that sees more than 100,000 cars a day. none

    Transportation workers will finish grinding and striping and installing emergency vehicle preemption equipment at the light. The traffic signals also have “smart” technology that will send signals to a traffic center operator, who can initiate timing changes if they see any abnormalities in traffic flow.

    Gary Zimnoch, the owner of Northwest Pet Clinic, 252 W. Ina Road, calls the project “a godsend.” Zimnoch said customer surveys never indicated concern about the normal things customers worry about: his prices or his hours. Almost universally, the biggest gripe was getting to his location on the northeast side of Ina and Oracle.

    With cars regularly backed up half a mile or more to the east, clinic staff had to steer clients a back way through the neighborhood to get them to their appointments.

    He concedes he was initially anxious about the conversion. Instead of turning left from Ina Road directly onto Oracle, travelers now go through the Oracle intersection, make a U-turn at an arrow-controlled turn and then take a right at the light.

    Even in the best of circumstances, construction often means a temporary loss of revenue. It also meant taking out his front parking lot to accommodate the new design. The County accommodated more parking in the back and the Regional Transportation Authority provided a designer to help him reimagine the front of the business to make the entrance more prominent.

    The loss of revenues he fretted about never materialized. Instead, he saw increases every month. And importantly, he no longer has to give the traffic tips to his clients. “It’s so much easier to get in and out. I couldn’t be happier.”

    Other local businesses give the County high marks for an efficient construction job.

    “I have to say there was no disruption in my business, even in the midst of active construction. They got in and got out, just like they said they would,” said Rich Flieger, owner of Computer Renaissance, 7254 N. Oracle Road.

    Roy Valenzuela, owner of Hair and Skin Studio, 7225 N. Oracle Road, echoed those comments. “I thought it went very quickly and it was finished right on time.”