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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