Benjamin Harrison Bridge closure may affect local businesses - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Benjamin Harrison Bridge closure may affect local businesses


Starting Monday, a popular route for getting drivers from Charles City to Prince George will close periodically, forcing commuters to take alternate routes.

Jane Turner has a bird's-eye view of the Benjamin Harrison Bridge daily. She manages the Jordan Point Yacht Haven in Prince George. Business is booming this time of year, but she says with the upcoming bridge closure, things could slow down.

"It will affect my business. Hopefully not too much," she said.

She says she heard customers call the upcoming closure a headache. "A lot of them are going to be mad. It's like a 40- to 45-minute detour around," she said.

But she says she understands the need. "The bridge has got to be worked on to keep it up and in good safety working order," she said.

Crews will work on two different projects on the bridge during the four day closures. Work is expected to last through November.

The Benjamin Harrison is 47 years old and still has the original part that lowers and raises the bridge. That part will now be replaced. Maintenance repairs are also planned, including patching and beam repairs. This closure is expected to have a large impact on drivers in this area. About 4,500 cars use this bridge each day.

There are already detours posted to give drivers a heads up. "It's just an inconvenience for a while but we'll get over it," Turner said. And as far as business is concerned Jane turner says she has confidence in her customers. "They'll come back."

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