ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We are just days away from the grand opening of the Broad Avenue bridge. The bridge had been closed since 2009 and reconstruction efforts faced criticism.
Over five years ago, signs closing the Broad Avenue bridge came up. It won't be much longer until those same signs come down.
Susanna Ramos works at the Hilton Garden Hotel which is just across the street. She said many people who work there will be happy when the bridge opens back up.
"I actually have an employee that stays right behind it," said Ramos. "So she's just like yes tomorrow I can leave out the house ten minutes early to get to work, because I don't have to go all the way around."
People had anticipated the opening of the bridge since it was closed in 2009 after being deemed unsafe. Some residents wanted the city to renovate the existing bridge, but in 2012 the bridge came tumbling down.
The opening date constantly changed due to environmental factors that kept getting in the way.
Just as the Albany mayor said; even some of the people who opposed the new bridge can't wait until it opens.
For Ramos, it doesn't only mean it's a better route for her co-worker. It's an even better opportunity for those who visit Albany.
"I think it will bring a lot more business to our hotel and once again the community will be excited," said Ramos.
There will be an opening ceremony for the bridge on Wednesday at 11 a.m.