By Bob Allen

AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — This weekend, the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge will close.

The big construction project begins Saturday, March 3 and will last for eight months this year and eight months in 2013.

“It’s gonna cause a lot of problems,” a driver said. “You can see how many cars actually use the bridge.”

Business owners on Merchant Street in Ambridge aren’t happy. Bryan Mikush operates an appliance sales and service across the river.

“The service our customers in the South Heights, Aliquippa, Center Township area, Hopewell – we’re about three to four minutes away,” Mikush said. “The closure’s going to add 14 miles to our round-trip. I mean one way, 14 miles.”

The 84-year-old bridge is scheduled for more than $16 million in repairs which will include substructure repairs and replacing the bridge deck.

Many of the 12,000 drivers who use the bridge will drive up river to the Sewickley Bridge which already sees plenty of congestion.

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