Rush hour, traffic anxieties continue to hurt small businesses amid Washington Bridge closure

LONG COMMUTES and traffic anxieties continue to stress local businesses nearly eight weeks after the emergency closure of the westbound lanes on the Washington Bridge. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEW MILNE

PROVIDENCE – Over the past few years, resilience has been a common theme – and a necessity – for many of Rhode Island’s small businesses, such as Opt Eyewear Boutique in Wayland Square. “We survived COVID. We had to move entirely, and we survived an entire buildout,” said owner Jessica Leach, who took out a

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