NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- For more than four years now, the section of State Street in New Haven towards Hamden has been cut off as the bridge there is being repaired.
In 2011, The Department of Transportation told News 8 work will be done by the end of 2013. Now, we're told that will definitely not happen.
As expected, business owners and managers want a good explanation.
Eddie Ramirez was frustrated two years ago.
"Business has been down by half," he said then.
Now, Ramirez is beyond frustrated.
"Before I used to open at 8 now at 12, sometimes 2:00 just to sell cigarettes because no one passes through anymore," he said.
Since News 8 last spoke with him, he's lost his deli and stopped stocking his shelves and freezers.
"I'm not surviving ..three months behind on rent here..about to kick out," said Ramirez.
Ramirez was not happy to hear the answer we got from the Department of Transportation about the expected December 2013 opening of the State Street bridge.
When asked what would be the best case scenario now for when everything is to be complete, Brian Mercure of the DOT said, "it's not going to be any sooner than the end of next year. Yeah, another entire year."
"This is bull..I'm not even gonna say the word," said Ramirez.
The DOT says since the update given to these businesses last fall, some unexpected things happened.
"Settlement do to the vibrations of the 1-91 bridge and some other utilities in the area. We had to proceed very delicately and redesign the projects over the last year. We've been doing that," said Mercure.
"That's a good explanation but there never seems to be anyone working over there," said Fred Walker.
Fred Walker, owner of Chestnut Fine Foods says this bridge construction or lack there of brings fewer customers in to dine.
"I get off that exit every morning. More often than not that there's nobody there. I don't know what they're waiting for but that's a little discouraging," said Walker. "We went through the process of getting a beer and wine license thinking we were going to do an evening business."
Walker says it's unfortunate people are missing out on this section of State Street.
"Bear with us. There are ways to get here," said Walker.
The DOT says they will be holding another public information meeting about these project delays at the end of this month or early October.
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