Businesses react to first day of Military Road Bridge construction

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) –  A much-talked-about bridge project connecting Sioux City and North Sioux City is underway and business owners near the Military Bridge Project are voicing concerns.

Most agree that when complete, the bridge reconstruction project will be a good thing. A lot of people rely on Military Road Bridge to travel between Sioux City and North Sioux City. Even though construction on the bridge started just Wednesday some people say they’re already seeing problems. 

“There are so many uncertainties at this point, it’s just the very first day so it’s hard to judge but it’s kinda scary just based off the first day,” said Kimberly Luken.

Kimberly Luken owns three casinos in North Sioux City when she first heard about the Bridge Project she spoke out against it. 

“It does make you feel a little bit under appreciated and a little bit like you know like your business doesn’t matter your opinion doesn’t matter,” said Luken.

She says normally, Wednesday is a busy day at her casinos. 

“It’s dead throughout all of North Sioux City and all the businesses around here pretty much have had their slow,” said Luken.

Some other businesses along Military Road aren’t as concerned.

“As an insurance agency, we don’t get a ton of walk-in traffic other than paying bills and taking care of those types of things and as long as they can make a phone call or get online and do those types of things they are not super effected,” said Josh Vondrak the owner of Derby Insurance Services. 

The project is expected to take at least four months and cost about $6 million. Sioux City and North Sioux City will share the cost, with Sioux City paying about $4 million.  

“I think when it is all set and done, it will be nice to have the newer street and sidewalk and one less thing to worry about,” said Vondrak.

When the project is complete, the bridge will have a new deck and Military Road will be reduced to three lanes instead of four.

Business want the public to know that they’re open for business, despite the construction.

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