A new, highly-anticipated road is expected to halt heavy truck traffic through downtown Hamburg, and some business owners and drivers couldn't be happier.
"I love it," said Allen Hartman.
"Great," said Rich Strohl. "I don't have to go through town."
"This is a very good day for the borough," said Marisa Lenceski, the borough manager.
The new Grand Street Extension, just off Route 61, is a seven-year, $4 million blessing, according to many in the borough.
"Going to take a lot of truck traffic off the street," said John Leonfort, the codes administrator.
It's truck traffic that Hamburg business owners said has been a hassle for years.
"Sometimes stuck going by each other," Melanie Geiger said.
"Regular traffic can't get through blocked the way," added Lori Mengel, the owner of a dress store for the last 28 years, who thinks the new road is a path for better business.
"I hope it brings people in who might have kept away because of the truck traffic. Be ready to stop and shop," she said.
The road won't only usher in a new route but new development and new jobs on 40 acres of nearby land, officials said.
Not everyone, however, is ready to root on the new road rules. Melanie Geiger, a furniture dealer on 4th Street, said she thinks GPS units will still lead truckers through town and fears that once road kinks are worked out, cars could follow.
"I'd rather have the truck traffic. Cars that wait behind may look at my store and shop next time around," she said.