CITY OF BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVVA) Many of our neighbors are reaching out to WVVA, sharing their thoughts about the Grant Street Bridge closure.
The City of Bluefield shut down the bridge in June after the West Virginia Division of Highways performed an inspection, citing major structural deficiencies with the bridge.
But if the bridge is closed for safety concerns then why is the walkway still open?
The city says it’s all about weight and traffic from cars, school buses and trucks, which is too much weight for the bridge in it’s current condition to handle.
The connecting pedestrian walkway, however, is not blocked off as it was determined to be safe enough for foot traffic.
The biggest question at the moment is when the Grant Street Bridge is being repaired.
The city has said, they want to fix it, but it requires cooperation from a separate entity that also owns the bridge, Norfolk Southern Railways.
Governor Jim Justice said during a town hall at Bluefield State College, he has a good relationship with the railroad and he’d personally make a call.