CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The owner of a Chicopee auto repair shop says that his business has been targeted by vandals lately, and he suspects that the closure of the Willimansett Bridge has a lot to do with it.
Mark MacDonald, owner of A.B.M. Transmissions, says that ever since the bridge closed, people have started slashing tires and breaking windows on his cars. The most recent incident happened overnight.
He told 22News that it never happened before, because it's usually a high travelled area, but with the area now blocked off, it has become deserted and even the police rarely visit.
"Last time it happened was last Fourth of July weekend, then it happened before that, then we have a holiday last night and it happens again. It's just ridiculous and it doesn't stop," MacDonald said.
"The bridge company is bankrupt, and at this rate, I'm going to be next."
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The bridge project had to be put on hold in September after the contractor filed for bankruptcy, and the latest from MassDOT is that they are looking for a new contractor.
MacDonald told 22News that he's hoping the police and state will pay attention to the problems the bridge closure is having on nearby businesses.