Sound familiar? Truck hits Cobb’s historic covered bridge AGAIN

Someone get the Concord Road Bridge a bag of frozen peas and a beer.

A pick-up truck hauling heavy construction equipment struck the 145-year-old covered bridge near Smyrna on Wednesday morning, Cobb County’s department of transportation tweeted. The bridge was closed to traffic about two hours.

Cobb posted on Facebook that the driver would be cited. 

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Remember the time this exact same thing happened in January?

A couple of days before that, Cobb commissioners voted to pay for enhanced warning signs for the bridge.

The county said Wednesday that those electronic signs were in place when this truck’s too-large haul hit the top of the bridge.

The historic covered bridge, which carries traffic over Nickajack Creek, was renovated last fall. That took four months and $802,000 of SPLOST, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, funds.

This is an aerial view of the covered bridge near Smyrna that was struck Wednesday morning. (Brett Barnhill via WSB-TV)

Crews during the makeover replaced the bridge’s decaying siding and shingles, added structural supports and repainted the classic tourist attraction.

Workers in 2009 installed metal beams, which look like a giant staple at the entrance of the bridge, to warn drivers of the seven-foot height limit, but the county reports that the bridge still gets hit about once a month.

The bridge had been starting to lean after a century and a half taking traffic across Nickajack Creek. The structure entered the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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