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Jackson business owners worried that bridge closure is driving business away.

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A collapsed bridge in Jackson is a big source of frustration for both business owners in the area. It's the Robinson Road Extension bridge near McDowell Road closed for much of this year.  

Before the collapse, the Mississippi Department of Transportation State Aid found big problems with the southeast corner of the bridge.

“We have too much going on with our business to stop and call the city every day and see when the bridge will be back open," said business owner Ladarion Ammons. "We expect them to do their job.” 

Business owners along Robinson Road extension are frustrated with the city of Jackson. For at least two months they have had to look at a collapsed, closed bridge and it's driving business away.

“We take a look at our numbers and we are 30 to 40 percent down from where we were last year this time and this time of the year is the peak season,” added Ammons.

Across  the street,  a tobacco and liquor shop owner, Gobin Dadlani, has seen a 50 percent drop in sales because he said people just don't feel like taking detours to shop here when they can just go someplace else.

“I am really truly fed up because it makes me feel like I am losing a lot of money. I have invested all this time, 10 years," said Dadlani.

The long time business owner said he was considering opening another store, but he has put those plans on hold until the city does something about this broken bridge.

“I called city council, I called mayor's office, public works, but no one has responded to me for anything,” added Dadlani.

WLBT reached out to the city about the bridge issue. Director of communications. Shelia Byrd said the city has evaluated the bridge with federal agencies. From there, it was determined that the city will receive federal funds to help to remove and replace the bridge. The entire process could take up to nine months.

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