One of the most heavily traveled roads in Madison is open to traffic after what was a long summer for some drivers.
Local leaders on Thursday officially reopened University Avenue. The $14.7 million reconstruction project replaced the pavement, from Allen Boulevard, to Segoe Road, and added new bike lanes, traffic signals and lights and improved intersections.
WISC-TV visited with the manager of Brennan's Market, which is right in the heart of the construction, earlier this year just as the construction was starting.
The manager said the store was ready for the worst, anticipating upwards of a 25 percent drop in business.
"We knew it was going to be a headache, and it certainly was for the duration of the summer and the entire seven months. Luckily, we're thankful we have a core customer base," said Tim Mulcahy, manager at Brennan's Market.