5 on Your Side: Construction woes for businesses in Webster Groves

9:32 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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By Mike Rush

Webster Groves, MO (KSDK) - "We get fresh green beans a lot, home grown cabbage, the tomatoes," said Roger Krull, pointing to his fresh produce at his business, Roger's Produce, on Big Bend and East Lockwood in Webster Groves.

While Krull has the goods, what's bad is he doesn't have enough people to buy his bundles.

He says he has up to 40 percent fewer customers because of a bridge replacement project on a bridge connecting Big Bend to Laclede Station.

The bridge detours drivers onto Interstate 44 and often away from Roger's Produce.

"It hurts," said Krull. "I mean you expect to do so much and when the traffic's not there, people aren't driving by, there's nothing you can do."

It's the same story at Boardwalk Cafe.

"It's just destroyed us, you know," said manager William Galvin.

Empty seats make Galvin wonder what's going on here.

"I don't notice any progress. I mean, it's been going on for several months and they're still supposed to be going on for another two or three months," he said.

Webster Groves Public Works assures 5 on Your Side work is happening. In fact, it's a little bit ahead of schedule.

Assistant Public Works Director Todd Hughes said the early 1900s bridge had to be replaced because it had been patched a number of times and was getting to the point where it could become dangerous.

Hughes says the construction is supposed to be done by late October, but the city is hopeful it could be done weeks sooner.

To complicate matters, on Monday, MoDOT is shutting down an entry ramp onto Interstate 44 in this area for about a month and a half to replace a retaining wall that's starting to fall apart.


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