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Make it a dozen: Cobb’s historic covered bridge nearly struck again

Humans are nothing if not consistent.

And for the 12th time since December 2017, when the bridge re-opened after taxpayers spent $800,000 rehabbing it, the historic Concord Road Covered Bridge has again escaped possible calamity.

Cobb County referred to this almost-very-big-problem as the “Dirty Dozen” in its Facebook post Monday at 8:30 p.m.

This time, it was someone driving a U-Haul truck, which is a common offender. Unlike the last two near-hits, this driver stayed on scene, and their insurance is expected to be billed no more than $500. 

The average is now one close call a month.

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In the latest near-miss, the road was closed a short amount of time as crews re-raised the seven-foot-high metal beams protecting the bridge. The beams, which look like giant yellow staples, were replaced recently because of being rammed by too many motor vehicles while protecting the bridge, which is what they’re built to do.

The bridge, which is about 145 years old, is on the National Register of Historic Places along with some surrounding buildings.

The structure was fixed late last year primarily because it was leaning. At that time, crews replaced the bridge’s decaying siding and shingles, added structural supports and repainted the structure.

The last incident was Nov. 26.

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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.

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