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Saginaw Bridge Construction Worries Local Business

A major construction project kicked off in downtown Lansing on Monday.
Crews began tearing away at the Saginaw street bridge.

That's at Grand Avenue in downtown near Lansing Community College.

MDOT says the bridge is about 60-years-old and has reached the end of its life span.
Crews will spend the next 6 months rebuilding that bridge but that has some nearby businesses worried about what that could mean for their bottom line.

It's the sound of rebuilding, restructuring, and revitalizing but for some, it could be the sound of destruction.

Dawn Templin, Bonnie's Restaurant Bar Manager: "It's definitely hurting our business already-- just the first day, ya know its Monday night-- half off burgers we're usually pretty busy and its definitely hurting us."

Workers at Bonnie's Restaurant say they've been dreading this project.

Templin: "Yeah, we knew about it a couple months back so we've all discussed it, kinda preparing for the worst really."

Templin says the detour makes getting to Bonnie's a hassle, especially considering the restaurant is stuck on a one way street.

Templin: "We're all worried about it, worried if we're even gonna have jobs in a couple months if this keeps up."

And it seems likely it will; the project is slated to keep the bridge closed until mid-September, a plan MDOT says is necessary.

Kari Arend, Michigan Department of Transportation Spokesperson: "To do that, so we can get it done in one construction season that is why eastbound m-43 needs to be closed so we can get it done all this year and have it reopened in the fall."

Templin says the restaurant has been through other construction projects on Saginaw but she says this is worse.

Templin: "This one is a little's a lot more construction and its cutting off more of our entrances and whatnot so this one's gonna hurt us big time."

But as construction continue, Templin hopes Bonnie's will too.

Templin: "We'll see what happens, but its not a good start."

When its all finished the new bridge will only have 4 lanes, not 5 as it currently does, and will have wider sidewalks.

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