Her mother-in-law, Nitro resident Carolyn Wilborne, said she's also seen the extra traffic and knew the issues her daughter-in-law faces further east.
"Most definitely yes," she said when asked about the inconvenience of not having a bridge. "The traffic has been horrendous."
But, Wilborne said she was happy the new bridge will be open again, and said she likes the design of the span.
"We are very, very happy," she said. "The bridge is beautiful."
For others, the bridge allows residents on both sides to easily visit restaurants and businesses on the other side of the river. The span's closure has had a negative effect on businesses on both sides of the river.
"I think that's been the biggest thing," said St. Albans resident Mike Thomas, referring to the inability to easily visit venues on the Nitro side.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. today. Speakers will include St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway, Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and state Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, a Nitro native.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will happen in the middle of the bridge. Two hundred seats for the public will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, though standing room is available also.
Once the ceremony is over and cleaned up, the bridge will open to traffic, reuniting the two cities.
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