Businesses cheer reopening of Broadway Bridge

Business owners near the Broadway Bridge are thankful.

More than 24,000 cars travel the Broadway Bridge every day. All of which had to find a different route for the past nine months due to construction. It had a major impact on not only commuters, but those businesses in the area too.

Seeing cars cross the bridge once again was a welcoming sight for those business located near the bridge.

"Thank goodness," said Logan Finch with Pie Hole Pizza.

Some, like the Ram Restaurant, even started a countdown.

"Towards the end we were posting on Facebook every day, 10 days left until the bridge, three, two, one and it was time to go," said Chance Tarlas, executive chef at the Ram Restaurant.

A countdown to the reopening of the bridge and the chance to see those cars flowing across the Boise River and back into their business.

"You can see an immediate change, man. I mean walk-ins started to boost right up. We were very busy on the opening day, but consistency throughout the week is what we're starting to feel again," said James Derrickson with Valentino's Hair Cut Up.

This after a 9-month construction project closed the bridge and sent those cars on alternative routes.

"Usually we'd have to add another 10, maybe 15 minutes just to get from a different part of town back around to loop around," Finch said.

The $20.2 million project widened the bridge to allow for additional lanes, installed bike lanes and improved access to the Greenbelt. It's access businesses feel will improve their business.

"It used to be kind of a pain for them. So they would just kinda go straight through or shoot down the other way, now with all that big ramp there and that stairwell, we think it's going to be fantastic," said Tarlas.

Derrickson agrees.

"Most of that traffic is families," he said. "So we get a guy with a couple sons, he walks in, that naturally is an increase."

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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