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Concerns About Dozens of Mountain State Bridges
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 16, 2013 @ 7:36PM
Created on September 16, 2013 @ 5:59PM

Dozens of bridges in the Mountain state could be at risk of collapsing if hit hard enough.

Department of Transportation officials said there's no cause for concern and they're closely monitoring all structures.

The Associated Press reports that 178 bridges have been classified as "fracture critical." WVDOT said it's aware of the problem and the bridges are still safe for people to travel on.

WVDOT Director of Communications Brent Walker said people shouldn't be worried. He said, "I think they can rest assured knowing that our inspection program and our inspectors have looked at the bridges, logged what they've seen, and have taken the appropriate steps to make sure those bridges remain safe."

He also said these concerns are common with aging bridges and inspections are done more frequently if any problems are found.

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Comments (3)
Sep 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Isn't it amazing that after Senator RObert Byrd and Senator Rockefeller's over 30 plus years in office in this state and all the times they were easily able to get MILLIONS of dollars of our tax money to spend on WVU and other colleges to waste........that they simply couldn't see to it to make sure there was some $$$ to keep our bridges and roadways fixed??????

Democrats only send our tax dollars to those who can scratch their backs for return favors. Fixing our bridges doesn't allow anything in it for them. Time for a change. Vote these 30 plus career politicians OUT! Enough is enough!
Sep 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Democrat run states have the most DESTRUCTION and the majority of POVERTY stricken folks. So what's new?!?
Sep 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM
The state needs to stop talking about problems and dangers and start fixing them.
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