After quiet summer, dump truck almost hit historic Cobb covered bridge

After a summer break from mayhem, Cobb County’s historic covered bridge had another close call.

A dump truck struck the metal barrier protecting the 145-year-old piece of history Tuesday on the Smyrna side of the Concord Road Covered Bridge, said county spokesman Ross Cavitt. The road re-opened after about 2 hours.

He said the bridge was not injured, just that the metal protective barrier was knocked down.

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This happens so often to the bridge that the country bridge crew carries a kit with them to fix the metal barrier.

The barrier, which looks like a giant yellow staple, was part of the $800,000 in taxpayer funds spent to revamp and repair the leaning bridge last fall.

The county usually charges drivers who break the protective bar between $400 and $600.

The last time that happened was in late June with a U-Haul truck, one of the most common offenders.

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Plan for a day of sightseeing around these six bridges and their nearby communities: Watson Mill Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the state and one of the longest in the U.S. Poole's Mill Bridge is over Settledown Creek in Poole’s Mill Park Concord Road Bridge has seen several changes over the years and still allows vehicle traffic Cromer's Mill Bridge is a 110-foot bridge, and a descendant of the original Cromer family built the stone abutments. Coheelee Creek Bridge is said to be the souther

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