Several businesses are enjoying the increased traffic brought on by the opening of the Topeka Boulevard Bridge. "It slowed us down but a lot of our North Topeka customers are loyal and faithful so we outlasted it," said Roger Stirrett owner of the Hair Port. The Hair Port got right to work this morning with an instant increase in customers.
Across the street at Kwik Shop there was a line four cars long to fill up with gasoline. "There is a good price on gas and I wanted to see the new bridge," said Valeri Hysten who drove across town to visit the Kwik Shop.
"Today is the bridge's first day being open and I have seen a very big difference," said Mehmood Mja who works at the Kwik Shop.
Pedestrians stopped to take pictures of the bridge while others marveled at it's beauty. "It's a good thing for Topeka all the way around," said Bob Comes.