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Cobb covered bridge has close call, this time with senior center van

A senior center van almost hit Cobb County's historic covered bridge on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
A senior center van almost hit Cobb County's historic covered bridge on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

Credit: Cobb County Government

Credit: Cobb County Government

It’s important to respect one’s elders. That’s why it’s confounding that a senior center van almost took out a 145-year-old piece of history.

No one was injured Monday afternoon when the van struck the metal barrier protecting the Concord Road Covered Bridge near Smyrna, according to Cobb County's Facebook page.


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

This is the ninth such incident since the bridge re-opened in late 2017. Eight of the nine drivers are have been charged $400 and $600 to repair the bar; one was a hit-and-run collision.


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The county said its transportation folks are “still assessing” ways to protect the bridge.

But taxpayers have already paid for multiple motion-activated warning signs on both sides of the bridge.

“We continue to work with companies that provide data to GPS services to put some sort of warning on maps, but that remains a work-in-progress,” the county said.

The last time this happened was in early September.

The bridge has a seven-foot clearance and the metal bar that protects it gets hit multiple times per year, either by U-Haul trucks or construction equipment. Cobb County averages about a call a month of someone almost hitting the bridge.