Some business owners in the Old Orchard Business District say they are experiencing a major decrease in business since the closure of the Murdoch Avenue Bridge.
The bridge closed in April. It is being replaced because it was functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. The closure includes the ramp onto westbound Interstate 44 from Big Bend Boulevard via Murdoch Avenue.
Tim Brennan, the owner of Cravings in Webster Groves, told Patch the bridge closure has had a serious impact on his business.
"The restaurant business has been cut in half since the closure," he said. "It's very discouraging."
Boardwalk Manager William Galvin told the station, "It's just destroyed us, you know."
Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch said business at the Webster Groves Farmers Market has also been down as well.
"It's an issue, but the work had to be done," she said. "I encourage the community to support the Old Orchard businesses to help these folks."
Assistant Webster Groves Public Works Director Todd Hughes told KSDK-TV the construction is scheduled to be completed by late October, but said he is hopeful the project will be completed sooner.
Another upcoming traffic headache in Webster Groves will complicate matters. The westbound I-44 entrance ramp at Elm Avenue in Webster Groves will close Monday, July 30. However, that closure is only expected to last six weeks.
Stay tuned to Webster Groves Patch for further details!