Bly said the first pieces of steel connecting the two sides should be put in place next week.
In the meantime, business owners say they're hurting. Some are finding fresh ways to cope.
Joe Burford, owner and operator of Cash Valley Feed and Seed on Nitro's Main Avenue, said the lack of traffic through the area has led the store to begin offering home deliveries.
"We've started a weekly residential route service making deliveries in the St. Albans area," he said.
Burford's sister, Patrice Banker, guessed profits have been down by about 10 percent since the bridge closed.
Ron Thomas of Thomas Tire on Nitro's 1st Avenue said his 55-year-old establishment has never experienced a worse business year.
With business down almost 30 percent, Thomas said he has been forced to lay off two employees.
"We try to do extra but there's no traffic," he said. "Normally, there's a steady flow of traffic, now there's nothing, it's empty."
At Buck's Pizza, farther west on 1st Avenue, owner Jeff Hart said that when the bridge was open he was able to deliver to all of St. Albans. Now it's too far of a drive to reach customers across the river. To recoup some of his losses he has expanded his delivery area to include Dunbar.
"Right now, I'm treading water," Hart said. "You've still got the same rent, you've still got the same bills, overhead. But what are you going to do? You've got people who depend on you, it's a lot of pressure you wish you didn't have to deal with."
Across the river at St. Albans Nail and Spa in the St. Albans Mall, manager Vicki Tran said she has been forced to let three employees go and has had to lower prices to remain competitive.
"This year has been bad," she said. "Because we have a lot of customers from Nitro who said that it's a long way for them to come here now."
Could relief be on the way through the tax reimbursement plan that county officials have discussed? Business owners say they've heard the scuttlebutt but will believe it when they see it.
"I'd heard rumors, that maybe the county commissioner was to supposed to give you a break on your property taxes or something but I've never heard anything about it," Hart said.
Burford added, "We heard a discussion on it, but there was never any coordination on that."
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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