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Bridge closure benefiting some area businesses

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It's been almost one week since the Nitro-Saint Albans bridge shut down for repairs.

The bridge was originally built in 1934 and needs to be replaced.

Businesses on both sides of the bridge are seeing an impact from the closure.

Red Line Diner is located on Route 817 in Saint Albans.

The owners said they have seen an increase in customers over the past week.

"We're just getting more traffic. We've been really busy Monday and Tuesday just picking people up off the road," said Bonnie Hanson.

Over in Nitro, some businesses said the closure is having a negative impact on them.

Diehl's Family Restaurant has been a staple in Nitro since 1960.

Owners Keith and Aaron Diehl said lunch time is still extremely busy. However, the dinner time crowd is another story.

"It's a vital link between Nitro and Saint Albans. We have a lot of customers, I didn't realize how many, but in the evening, boy we was really slow Tuesday and Wednesday," said Keith Diehl.

Twin City Bible Church also saw a decrease in church attendance Wednesday evening.

"I would say we were probably down 25 or 30 percent last night. Something to that affect," said Ray Whitmer.

Only time will tell how much of an impact, positive or not, the bridge will have on surrounding businesses.

Regardless, most people tell 13 News they think the new bridge will be a great addition to both communities once it's finished.

"Nobody likes change, so once they get the new bridge in, it's going to be the greatest thing that's happened in this area," Aaron Diehl said.

Drivers also agree the headache will be worth it.

"It's just frustrating right now but it'll be worth it in the end, because the bridge was old and dangerous," said John Wiseman.

The new bridge is supposed to be completed in November.