BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) Governor Jim Justice is urging residents affected by the closure of the Grant Street Bridge to be patient, while he continues discussions with Norfolk Southern Railways.
The governor made the statement after unveiling the ‘Jobs and Hope West Virginia’ program Wednesday afternoon at Four Seasons Recovery Point in Bluefield.
The Grant Street Bridge was shut down in June, after the West Virginia Division of Highways identified major structural deficiencies with the bridge, prompting city officials to shut it down, citing safety concerns.
“Right now, we’re beginning our discussions,” said Governor Justice. “We have to get all parties together [N and S and the City of Bluefield] but I’m working on it.”
City leaders previously stated, they’re working diligently to find a solution to fix the bridge but it requires assistance from Norfolk Southern Railways, who also owns the bridge.