Business Owners Weigh-In On Bradford Road Closure

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
September 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Some Tallahassee residents are finding a new route to work. Bradford Road in Tallahassee closed on September 3rd. The city is putting in sidewalks, adding utilities and storm water drains.

"I think it will effect traffic and it will effect the businesses, as well, even though, its not going to be a permanent long time, but for that short distance it will effect the businesses," said Pamela Johnson, a Tallahassee resident.

Businesses facing the road say it is not the only thing the city needs to fix.

"They really needed sidewalks here forever. Actually what I like to see them do is closing this road and adding four lanes, but that is really what they need, its so congested here," said Ron Neal, the owner of Hair Options.

The hair clinic has been up and running for more than 30 years and the owner has seen first-hand the dangers of traveling on the street.

"I think it is worth the wait because their is a lot of people that walk that road and it's safer from them to be on a sidewalk instead of them walking in the road," said Johnson.

The construction started Monday and it goes from Monroe to Meridian.

The project will be done by Spring of 2014 and residents will be able to use the roadways after Thanksgiving during certain times of the day.

Upon completion of the work on the utilities, the road closure will be restricted to the hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on this project, please call the City's Public Works Department at 891-8234.

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