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June 17, 2014

Mannington walking bridge to be demolished

Northview Addition structure found not safe for any traffic

MANNINGTON — A walking bridge in Mannington will be demolished due to bad conditions of the structure.

During Monday’s meeting, Mayor Jim Taylor updated council about a bridge in the Northview Addition of Mannington that is going to be demolished. The bridge is made of metal pipe and wood and is only available for foot traffic.

Taylor said the state did an inspection of the bridge, which crosses the Pyles Fork Creek, and found that it is unsafe for any traffic.

“They sincerely thought that we should remove it,” he said.

Years ago the bridge was open to motor vehicles but then was only open to foot traffic. Taylor said the state has recommended that the bridge be closed to all traffic until demolition can begin.

“We’re going to comply with the state’s recommendation of removing the bridge in Northview Addition,” he said.

Taylor said because the bridge is not in good condition, the city doesn’t want anyone getting hurt while using it.

“The city is going to take the responsibility and remove it,” he said.

About six kids use the bridge on a daily basis during the school year in order to catch the school bus along Pyles Avenue. Taylor said by removing the bridge, those kids will have to walk farther to get on the bus.

“We don’t want it collapsing or someone getting hurt,” he said.

Taylor told council he is going to talk with the Marion County Board of Education about having a bus pick up the kids at a closer location next school year. He said in the past others have tried to get a school bus to pick kids up closer, but it hasn’t been successful.

“Now that access will be removed,” Taylor said. “In that area, getting a school bus through those roads is very tight. We will talk with the Marion County Board of Education and figure something out.”

Taylor said the city is going to be accepting bids for the demolition of the bridge.

In other business:

• Council appointed Denny Efaw to the Mannington Building Commission to fill a vacant seat.

• The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the Mannington City Hall.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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