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Visitors, Businesses And Residents Brace For West 7th St Closure

By Joel Thomas CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Visitors, business owners and residents along West 7th Street are bracing for five months of traffic  congestion, construction noise and delays.  The 7th Street bridge will be closed until the fall.

“I have to add 10 or 15 minutes each time I come and go,” said Lindsay Pearl, who lives on 7th.  “So when you have a 30 minute commute and now its 45 its a big chunk of your day when its over.”

People have already had a one week dose of living without the 7th Street bridge in May.

Now, with the bridge scheduled for closure until November,  there is no getting around the fact its not easy getting around the bridge construction.

When your business is delivering perishable food arrangements any delay can mean missed delivery deadlines and lost money.

“Because then we will have to refund people if they don’t receive their orders,” said Audra Griffeth of Edible Arrangements located in Montgomery Plaza.

Scott Fitzgerald lives on west 7th. He can see the long term benefits of expanding the width of the bridge and adding secure pedestrian and bike lanes.

“Its not like this is the only road shut down we’ve seen in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex,” Fitzgerald said. “Its like everywhere you go there’s a shut down.  So I’m good with it.”

But while Fitzgerald is gaining a bridge he may be losing his daughter’s visits from Arlington.

“As I’m coming here I’m just praying this bridge is open,” said his daughter Emily Fitzgerald. “As I was coming here a couple of weeks ago it was closed and it was. Pain in the butt just getting close to the trinity river. So, I’ll probably ask him to meet me on the other side of the bridge!”

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