Boylston Street reopens after bombings

Posted: 04/23/13 at 11:00 am EDT      Last Updated: 04/24/13 at 10:30 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boylston Street completely opened to the public on Wednesday for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombing attack. Police barriers came down at 3 a.m. and the Copley MBTA station doors were open when trains hit the tracks.

The station had been closed since the blast. On Wednesday, barriers were down and Boylston was officially open - but it wasn’t business as usual.

“It’s quiet. There's a little tenseness to it because we're still seeing the construction workers at the two sites,” said Adrian Budhu, who works on Boylston.

People who live and work on Boylston started filtering in Tuesday, an organized process, one block and one hour at a time. City officials were on hand in case anyone had problems.

“Everyone's being wonderful about making sure we're comfortable,” said Kate Dennis who lived on Boylston.

People hugged coworkers they haven't seen since the explosion, happy to get back to their lives, but knowing there's still a real sadness.

“It’s different, it feels a little bit like a memorial walking down there,” said Frank Thompson who works on Boylston.

Thompson expected to see broken windows but felt sick seeing how high up the damage went there.

“There were places you could see window damage three or four floors up, including tiny shrapnel marks that are way up,” said Thompson.

The memorial was moved with respect, now displayed at Copley Square Park and some workers like Alec Michael returned to clean up the mess, food and drinks served on Marathon Monday still on the tables.

“Food and drinks on the tables, still hasn't been touched in a week. I feel like you have to go back and give a hand because it’s all you can do. The smallest things can help,” said Michael.

Boylston Street is still a somber scene. Orange cones mark the site of the first blast where they're still working to fix the sidewalk. It's back to business. People are happy to come back to Boylston Street but a lot of people say the sadness is very deep.

The Boston Public Library on Boylston Street opened at 10 a.m.

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