BANGKOK (AP) — Business owners in Thailand’s capital are sighing with relief after major intersections barricaded by anti-government protesters reopened to traffic for the first time in six weeks.

Shop owners in Bangkok’s commercial district said Monday they hoped their businesses would recover from the slowdown during the protests.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority announced it was resuming normal service on 21 bus routes after having lost almost $2.9 million since mid-January.

The protesters have struggled unsuccessfully for months to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down and make way for an unelected council to institute anti-corruption reforms.

Sporadic violence and clashes between security forces and demonstrators in recent months have killed 23 people and injured more than 700.