Blythewood, SC (WLTX) - More than two years after the historic 2015 flood, a portion of Wilson Boulevard reopened Monday.
"We stuck it out. It's been a very hard struggle. We never expected this to happen," Gregory Peter said.
But now, after 31 months and 11 days, Peter is letting out a sigh of relief. Access to his business, EZ Xpress gas station and convenient store, was cut off from one side of Blythewood when the road was washed out.
"There were times when we were on the verge of closure,” Peter said.
"It's a good feeling. It's a good feeling to finally have this route back open to the public," Derek Frick said.
Frick is with the Department of Transportation and oversaw the nearly $2 million project. He said the main obstacle was restoring the stream channels that were under what was Lake Elizabeth and running both under the bridge.
"Once that took place we were able to make some minor repairs to the bridge and repair the roadway," he said.
Meanwhile, travels no longer have to detour the area and Peter can work to regain what he lost after the flooding.
"We see a whole lot of traffic going around and we'll try to come back to where we were. There's always room for development. The place is happy. The people are happy. We've been getting a very good response and now we need to upgrade too," Peter said.