Historic covered bridge in Cobb County smashed again

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Historic covered bridge in Cobb County smashed again

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On Friday the Concord Road Bridge in Cobb County was smashed by yet another truck that failed to fit under its 7-foot ceiling. Photo: courtesy Ross Cavitt

The Concord Road Bridge in Cobb County can’t catch a break.

The historic covered bridge, which carries traffic over Nickajack Creek, was renovated last fall, a makeover that took four months and $802,000.

But errant trucks keep ruining that new-bridge look.

On Friday, for the second time in a month, a truck has discovered too late that the bridge’s 7-foot ceiling won’t accommodate a 7-foot-plus truck.

During the renovation, crews replaced the bridge’s decaying siding and shingles, added structural supports and repainted the classic tourist attraction.

They also put large wooden beams at the entrances to help warn drivers that the 1872-vintage bridge has very low clearance. On Tuesday the Cobb County Commission voted to pay for enhanced warning signs for the bridge, according to Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt.

But apparently the signs didn’t come quickly enough.

On Friday Cavitt Tweeted a photo of a flatbed truck wedged in the opening of the bridge. The county reports that the bridge gets hit by a vehicle about once a month.

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