A week ago today construction began on the canal place bridge, a bridge that's been in use since 1933. Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters says the project has been years in the process and is much needed. Canal place has been partially closed to traffic which can have an effect on businesses.
Nine year business owner Michelle Hansen says, "It was scary last Monday morning when we started out, but it hasn't been bad, we've been fortunate that the construction company does work with us and gives us as much as they can while still keeping it safe for them."
The new bridge will cost the City of Little Falls over a million dollars to replace. But people that use the bridge say the project is worth the hassle.
Little Falls resident Betty Ann Petkovsek says, "It is used very frequently so I think it makes it more attractive because the old bridge wasn't so pretty as well as getting to be unsafe for heavier vehicles. So I just think it's going to allow more access all the way around."
Business owner Richard Vogt says, "It's going to add beauty to the area because this bridge is so decrepit and unattractive. And it had these ugly barrels on it to divert traffic and they're all gone and we're looking forward to a nicely designed bridge, I just think it's going to enhance the area."
Most owners say business hasn't slowed down and many remain open, however, the project is slated to take five months to complete.
Hansen added, "Once it's over we're not going to have to fight with this bridge that's been broken for many, many years, so you just kind of have to grit your teeth and get through it."