Shem Creek bridge on Bowman Road re-opens after nearly six months

MOUNT PLEASANT — After nearly six months, Brittany Marrazzo finally saw more of the drive-by traffic she anticipated on busy Bowman Road when she opened “Paws In Paradise” near Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.

The change for the better happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday when the long-closed Shem Creek bridge on Bowman Road re-opened after construction of a new 90-foot-long span.

“I’m quite happy. It will be more convenient for people to drop the dog off,” she said.

Two of four lanes on the new structure were given the OK for traffic. The other two lanes will open in the spring.

Marrazzo launched her doggie day care and grooming business two weeks after the bridge closed for replacement in mid-April. She had already signed a lease when she found out about the Bowman work that would cut her off from the busy boulevard.

As the weeks passed, traffic past her place slowed to a trickle.

“I couldn’t believe they closed a major road like this for that amount of time. It’s been inconvenient. People had trouble getting here,” she said.

In a difficult situation, she could only afford to pay employees and the rent.

“I haven’t made any profit,” she said.

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