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Businesses along now open Rhomberg Ave. in Dubuque hoping for big increase

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A stretch of Rhomberg Ave. in Dubuque that was closed for eight months due to construction has now reopened, to the delight of many in the area.

Jeff Cremer, owner of Cremer's Meats just blocks from the Upper Bee Branch construction site, says his business has taken a big hit in the time that stretch was closed.

"I certainly know that, from the conversation we've had with our customers, that they've come down fewer times because of the trouble. I mean, you put a roadblock in front of someone, they're less likely to show up," he said.

But now that traffic flows easily again on one of Dubuque's main arteries to the Eagle Point District, Cremer says he's hopeful for a turnaround.

"We're not going to necessarily see a big surge, but we're hoping to get back to business as usual," he said.

Chopper's Bar on Rhomberg also feeling the effect of the construction.

It's owner says his nighttime and weekend business dwindled because customers had a hard time figuring out the detours to get to and from the bar.  He's also hoping for a big turnaround now that Rhomberg is back open.

Cremer says he's not seen an immediate uptick in sales, probably due to the fact that many don't realize that the street is now open.

"Those are some habits that have been created, that people are going to take different routes, they're going to come less because of the closure. So it needs to be known that we are open, and that we've been open, and we'll be excited to see people come back," Cremer said.

The closure was part of construction for the Upper Bee Branch Watershed Mitigation project in Dubuque.

The street opened three weeks ahead of schedule.

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