• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

Local Business Owner Urges for Improved Infrastructure and Transportation Solutions Amid Washington Bridge Closure Impact on Rhode Island Businesses

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Small Business Owners Testify Before House Committee on Impact of Washington Bridge

Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation Urges SBA to Increase Assistance

The Rhode Island Congressional delegation has written to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting that it increases its efforts to aid the state. In their letter, they noted that only 10% of loan applications submitted have been approved so far. The delegation also requested an update on the status of the remaining loan applications and inquired about the expected approval timeline.

At a recent meeting at Smith Hill, members of the House Committee on Small Business heard testimony from business owners affected by the Washington Bridge closure. Bob Burke, owner of Providence’s popular French restaurant Pot au Feu, reported a significant decline in sales ranging from 30% to 50% on what used to be busy Friday nights. He attributed this decline to customers’ reluctance to sit in traffic in order to dine out.

Due to the drop in sales, Burke had to reduce his employees’ work hours. He gave an example of one server who lives in Coventry and spends two hours commuting to Providence on Fridays because of unpredictable traffic conditions. These challenges have had a direct impact on the restaurant’s operations and highlight the need for improved infrastructure and transportation solutions in the area.

By Samantha Jones

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