EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWork On Nitro-St. Albans Span Almost Finished
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Oct. 10, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 10, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
Nitro , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A major inconvenience for drivers and businesses in both St. Albans and Nitro is about to go away.
The new Dick Henderson bridge spanning the Kanawha River between the two cities is just weeks away from reopening.
"Well, we're moving along pretty good," Sam Riner, the project supervisor for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said. "We've been out here about 20 months and traffic has been off the bridge since January. And the contractor's moving along real well. They've been working a lot of hours, working some Saturday and some night shifts. They're pretty much on schedule."
The move can't come soon enough for businesses that depend on customers from across the river, such as Kutz by Krista, which sits just a block away from the bridge on the St. Albans side.
"Very slow. I've lost a lot of customers," Krista Dillon, the owner of Kutz By Krista, said. "They just don't want to drive all that way, they say."
While businesses like Dillon's have seen a drop in customers because of the bridge construction, it's generally thought that companies on the St. Albans side of the river weathered the storm a bit better than their counterparts in Nitro.
"I have spoken to some St. Albans businesses and it didn't seem to affect them as much as it did us," Brian Armstrong, the owner of Four Star Video, said. "But all the Nitro businesses I spoke to it's affected them greatly."
The Division of Highways is confident the project will be finished on time by the first week of November. That's because the construction company is set to receive a nearly million dollar bonus if it gets the span completed by Nov. 8.
"I hope I see all the people who haven't seen since the bridge closed. The main objective is to get them back," Armstrong said. "I hope they haven't found other places to go, I hope they come back to us."
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