Boston street where bombs exploded is reopened

Traffic moves down Boylston Street past the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston, April 24, 2013. Businesses in the area where the bombs exploded have begun to re-open and traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street for the first time since April 15. Michael Dwyer/AP

BOSTONThe area near the Boston Marathon finish line is reopening to the general public.

Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on Wednesday morning for the first time since two explosions on April 15 killed three spectators and sent more than 260 to the hospital.

Delivery trucks made their way down the street under a heavy police presence.

Workers at some businesses and hotels in the area were allowed to return to their jobs on Tuesday to prepare for reopening.

Some stores directly affected by the blasts are still boarded up.

The Copley subway station that had been closed since the bombings also reopened, while the main branch of the Boston Public Library was also scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

Two construction workers were guarding fresh concrete that was still drying on the sidewalk where one of the bombs exploded.

At a Starbucks, customers were allowed to retrieve purses, school bags and cellphones that were left under tables in the chaotic aftermath of the explosions.

"I don't think there's going to be a sense of normalcy for a while," said Tom Champoux, 48, who works a few blocks away, as he pointed to the fresh concrete and boarded-up windows.

"There are scars here that will be with us for a long time."

Meanwhile, thousands gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a memorial service for Sean Collier.

The campus police officer was killed three days after the bombings.

Authorities say he was shot by the suspects.

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