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Rhode Island Politicians Call for More SBA Assistance Amid Washington Bridge Traffic Impact on Local Businesses

BySamantha Nguyen

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

A group of Rhode Island politicians have written to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting more assistance for the state. In their letter, they pointed out that only 10% of loan applications submitted have been approved so far. The delegation also asked for an update on the status of the remaining loan applications and inquired about the expected approval timeline.

During a hearing at Smith Hill, members of the House Committee on Small Business heard testimony from business owners who were affected by traffic problems on the Washington Bridge. 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 decrease to customers’ reluctance to sit in traffic in order to dine out.

As a result of the drop in sales, Burke had to reduce his employees’ work hours. He shared an example of one server who lives in Coventry and, due to unpredictable traffic conditions, allocates two hours just to travel to Providence on Fridays. 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 Nguyen

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