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Quasky Businesses Hope Bridge Reopening Will Bring Back Customers
QUASQUETON (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- The lunch counter at Wolfey's Wapsi Outback was bustling Friday afternoon.
"We're looking forward to getting people back," said owner Ronnie Wolfe.
And it's not the menu or the food that's changed, but the route over the Quasky Bridge that leads customers to its front doors.
"We're looking forward to it being open," Wolfe said.
After four long months of the Quasky Bridge being closed, the town's main artery is now back open--a sigh of relief for businesses who say no bridge has meant fewer customers.
We were probably down ten to 20 percent," Wolfe said.
The bridge joins both sides of Quasqueton separated by the Wapsipinicon River. But because of its closure, a one minute trip turned into an extra 15 minutes.
"They would drive all the way here and have to turn around and go back through Troy or Independence, Wolfe said.
"So we had some people really complain about that."
But it was a hassle officials say that couldn't be avoided.
"Our lanes of traffic were pretty narrow before," said project inspector Gretchen Bockenhauer.
The new bridge has been rebuilt with 16 foot lanes and wide walkways.
"We're able to bring safety back in," Bockenhauer said.
And its brining back business for places like Wolfey's.
"It's going to be nice that it's back open," Wolfey said.