Businesses fret over Western Reserve bridge closure

Construction to impact businesses

BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — Starting Wednesday, Western Reserve Road over Interstate 680 will be down to one lane in each direction for bridge repairs.

The project will impact thousands of local drivers, as well as businesses.

Ely’s to Go is in the plaza right up the street.

“Honestly, I have no idea (what’s going to happen). We’re just hoping for the best,” said Ely Pugh of Ely’s to Go.

Pugh thinks her customers from Poland and surrounding areas may start to take alternate routes..

“We’re thinking they might take Walker Mill, but the left turn takes forever right now,” said Pugh.

The Bread Chef is just two doors down and Jennifer Angelilli is already thinking about how she will get to work.

“I’m going to have to leave definitely a little bit earlier. So, I’ll probably go around to Walker Mill and then to South Avenue,” said Angelilli.

After initial repairs, the bridge will be closed for 75 days starting in mid-June. That is when Ohio Department of Transportation representatives will come out to talk with businesses about the construction work. Both Pugh and Angelilli are staying positive and making an extra effort to entice customers.

“With summer, we’ll have great vegetables and produce coming in. So, we’re using that to give it a push,” said Pugh.

But, they hope customers won’t mind adding a few extra minutes to their commute..

“Because of the popularity with the Bread Chef and Ely’s and Carmella’s and La Ti Da. We have a one-stop shop plaza here. A lot of people come, destination wise, and they’re not going to stop coming,” said Angelilli.

The project should be complete in October.

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