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Mathews Bridge slows foot traffic into Arlington businesses

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Updated: 10/01/2013 10:42 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sado Kawar is the manager of All American Tires and Auto shop just off Arlington Expressway in Jacksonville. Kawar said he normally has to prepare early for the usual rush of customers he sees every day.

"In the morning normally I see like 10 customers," said Kawar.

But since the Mathews Bridge closure, Kawar said he expects to see no more than six compared to the nearly 30 daily customers he provided tire and repair services to before the bridge closed down.

"It's hard for them to come to me because I'm exactly on the expressway, so it's really hard for them you know, and I'm losing business this way," said Kawar.

The bridge has been shut down indefinitely after a Navy ship crashed into it Thursday.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown promised to get resources behind fixing the problem.

"As mayor, I'm going to do everything I can to bring all of the stakeholders together to make sure that one, the bridge is safe and secure, and two, we can get it back into play," said Brown.

Customers of Kawar's shop said the wait is going to be frustrating.

"Hopefully it's in progress. Hopefully once they get it done we won't have too many more problems with it," said Mike Rowe.

Kawar said those problems will end up costing him a lot of money if the bridge isn't repaired soon.
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