Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493
Oct. 12, 2008
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE COLLAPSES IN GILES COUNTY
On Sunday, Oct. 12, the Route 749 (Patterson Ford Road) pedestrian bridge over Walker Creek in Giles County collapsed. The bridge is near Route 100 and Route 811 (Bane Road). The collapse happened at approximately 2:00 p.m. The bridge is a swinging pedestrian bridge that is primarily used during flooding.
VDOT crews are currently working to secure the area near the pedestrian bridge and gather information about what caused the bridge to collapse.
The Route 749 pedestrian bridge was rebuilt in 1992 after portions of it were washed away by floodwaters. It was last inspected in May 2007 and found to be in good condition. Like all bridges in Virginia, pedestrian bridges are inspected at least once every two years.
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