Someone almost struck Cobb County's historic covered bridge on Jan. 16, 2019.
Photo: Cobb County Government
Photo: Cobb County Government

Morning traffic slowed after Cobb’s historic covered bridge almost hit

Two near-misses in less than a week makes it seem like people have a New Year’s resolution to drive worse.

The Concord Road Covered Bridge near Smyrna on Wednesday was, for the second time in 2019, almost struck by a vehicle.

The 145-year-old piece of history was saved by the metal beams added as part of an $800,000 taxpayer-funded rehabilitation in December 2017. This is the 15th strike since then.

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The county said on Facebook that the beams, which look like giant yellow staples, indicate the seven-foot height limit but have been “treated rudely over the past year.”

They were replaced in late October after being rammed by too many vehicles, which is notable because that is what they’re built to do.

Drivers are usually fined no more than $500.

The county said it will soon be releasing a video about the bridge, why the flashing warning signs are ignored and “why many proposed solutions to this beam-bonking problem are not really practical.”

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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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