Tower Avenue in Superior reopens

By KBJR News 1

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- After more than six months of construction...Tower Avenue in Superior is finally open.

Barricades were taken down around two this afternoon and cars were let back onto Tower Avenue for the first time since April 15.

The 14 million dollar project shut down a one mile stretch from north 3rd street to Belknap avenue for six months.

Business owners in Superior say they are excited to see how the face lift on Tower Avenue impacts there operations

"It's been since April, it's been a long time," said Anna Krueger, manager of Engwalls Wolff's Flower Shop on Tower Avenue.

For business owners along Superior's Tower Avenue...the construction season is over and it's back to business as usual

"Our business didn't suffer as much so that was really a good thing for us, but again, we are so excited they're done with the project and the outcome is just beautiful," said Kruger.

Rhonda Thomlin became the new owner of Rhonda's Always and Forever Bridal House in the heart of Tower Avenue and at the beginning of the construction project.

"Knowing that I would open my business, open the doors officially on May 6th, and yes, the construction had started simultaneously so I was very apprehensive about it," said Thomlin,.

Thomlin says her brides were concerned about being able to get to her shop to find the dress for their big day, but she convinced them it was it was a small inconvenience for the greater good.

"From my perspective and what I wanted to give to my clients is the picture it is going to be absolutely beautiful and we're restoring a very historic part of downtown Superior," said Thomlin.

Brian Noel opened Shorty's Pizza and Smoked Meat in August , and regardless of the construction business was booming.

"It was the amount of business we had right out of the box was not anticipated and so that's what kept me optimistic. I mean, people, despite the construction, found a way to get here," said Noel.

But Noel is looking forward to Tower Avenue bringing in even more..

"I'm thinking it could be about a five to twenty percent increase bump in business. It's gonna help business no question," said Noel.

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen is happy with the completion and the businesses that survived and are progressing, but like Tower Avenue, he says it's time for some new additions to the heart of downtown.

"Our goal now is to bring more businesses downtown and we're working on just that," said Mayor Bruce Hagen.

Mayor Hagen says that two businesses may have closed up shop during the tower avenue reconstruction.

But he remains focused on bringing in new businesses to town.

Now construction on Tower is over...but only for the time being.

Tower Avenue is not completely finished.

Construction will begin again in the Spring and be finished by summer of 2014...but that's mostly just the cosmetic stuff.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com