You’ll Never Believe Why This Historic Covered Bridge Is in Peril
Over 100 years old, the Georgia structure might have federal protection — but tell that to all the misdirected truck drivers
Technology can’t seem to keep up with history in Smyrna, Georgia, where GPS systems apparently keep directing drivers of oversize vehicles toward an historic bridge their vehicles can’t fit through.
At least five trucks have slammed into the warning beams set up in December in front of the seven-foot-high Concord Covered Bridge, which was burned down during the Civil War but rebuilt, WABE reported.
One of the beams was completely knocked over by a U-Haul truck last week, and they cost between $800 and $1,500 to repair, for which the drivers are responsible.
Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt says officials attribute a spike in accidents to navigation apps that lead oversized vehicles to the bridge.
He says officials are working with such companies to see if they can provide in-app warnings.
The county has installed an electronic warning sign that warns trucks and cars with trailers if they’re too tall and need to detour.
Local authorities spent $800,000 to repair the National Register of Historic Places structure last year.
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