Closure of Chili Avenue Bridge impacting business owners

Updated: 05/07/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 5:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

The sudden closure of the Chili Avenue Bridge is not only affecting drivers, but it is also affecting business owners.

News10NBC spoke with the owner of a small family restaurant just over the bridge. She says the closure came as a complete surprise to her and her customers and it is now impacting her bottom line.

Clari Medina says her phone has been ringing off the hook.

Clair Medina said, “They’re calling because they heard the bridge was closed and they want to see how to get here.”

Her restaurant, El Latino, is about 500 feet from the Chili Avenue Bridge that crosses over the Erie Canal. That bridge was closed Tuesday night and nearby business owners say they were never notified. 

Medina said, “It has slowed down a lot. Usually at lunchtime we are busy with takeout and today it was really slow.”

Medina is not alone.

Ismail Muhammad owns a dry cleaning business just down the street. He says there’s not enough detour signs to help people get to the other side.

Ismail Muhammad, Dorren’s Dry Cleaner, said, “I was surprised when I was coming to the store this morning and tried to make a left turn and no sign was posted or detour sign, but I know how to get here.”

There is a lot of frustration from business’s owners and drivers who clearly want this bridge fixed.

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