CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been almost six months since a barge strike incident compelled the closure of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge for repairs.
The bridge was additionally closed for repairs for six months earlier than the barge incident, from October 2019 to February 2020.
The Classic Vibe, an area enterprise, sits simply previous the bridge and has needed to endure all of the ups and downs that got here with the shortage of driver entry.
Classic Vibe proprietor Karen Bryan is thrilled it was mounted forward of summer time.
“We have been ecstatic, that’s the one phrase I do know to make use of as a result of it’s been tough,” she mentioned.
However one other potential long-term closure may very well be on the best way.
A feasibility examine is about to wrap up with the Metropolis of Chesapeake that might assist determine whether or not a complete new bridge is required.
If that venture was to maneuver ahead — Bryan has considerations.
“It’s a really scary factor to me, as a result of relying on how lengthy they do it, how lengthy it’s going to be closed, are you going to place in a brief street to cross that bridge? What’s it going to be? As a result of we are able to’t take a 3rd hit,” Bryan mentioned.
Bryan says the town helped with signage additional down the street, however no monetary help was given throughout the bridge closure.
She says 16,000 vehicles handed the constructing every day — that’s numerous gross sales, gone.
However reflecting on the previous yr, she is aware of she couldn’t have made it by means of alone.
“The group has been superb. That’s who’s received us by means of all this,” mentioned Bryan.
“The feasibility examine is about to be full someday subsequent month after which from there, we’ll have extra details about how they plan to maneuver ahead or in the event that they plan to only go away it the way it,” she mentioned.