Drawbridge Removal Drives Away New Bern Business

Some businesses in downtown New Bern say there hasn't been enough of it and it's hurting their bottom line.

Business owners say after the Alfred Cunningham drawbridge closed in May, people started having a hard time finding their way into downtown because of confusing detour signs.

And apparently when people can find their way there, the parking situation is a mess too. Ben Littwiller owns the Baker Square on Middle Street. He says hometown customers are going to go where they want, but it's the lack of tourists passing through that are taking a hit on his wallet. And despite plans for a new bridge to open in 2010, his neighbor, Tom Ballance, who owns Captain Ratty's, says he wishes something could be done to remedy the current situation.

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