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      With part of Route 31 closed, drivers say traffic is no big deal

      Many drivers were expecting gridlock this weekend as a portion of Route 31 between Soule Road and Route 57 in Clay is closed.

      While drivers and businesses were preparing for a worst case scenario, many say the delays were minimal and traffic was lighter than expected.

      "I guess I maybe expected a little bit of a delay, but there wasn't any at all so I was kind of surprised," says Pulaski resident Linda Halstead.

      Businesses like Charney's on Route 31 say there were bracing for a slow day, but say it ended up being a better than average Saturday.

      "We were a little nervous when we heard about the road being closed, we didn't really understand the whole process there," says Charney's salesman John Wilde. "But once the day started, we had a great business day today, and had no ill effects of the road being closed out there."

      The portion of Route 31 is closed to repair railroad tracks. Officials recommend using Soule Road and Route 57 as a detour. The road is expected to re-open Sunday around 7 PM.