Today is God’s day for many Putnam County country folk. Residents in the Poca area head out for Sunday services, however, a few people finding it rather difficult to attend church given the condition of one bridge.
Lanham Bridge has been shut down for three years, and in the past, has highly served the community in helping complete their daily commutes to work, errand-runs, and church services.
Lanham resident, Jack Agosti said with this bridge out, it has posed many complications in his daily life, including his commute to Harmon’s Creek Nazarene Church.
“Well, it used to be you could be at our church in less than 10 minutes that way. Now since the bridge is out, you can go maybe 20 yards and you’re going to turn around and have to go 35 minutes that way,” said Agosti.
Residents have addressed their struggles to the Department of Highways and local representatives, hopeful they would listen. Residents explained that DOH personnel have come out to survey the area multiple times, promising the bridge would be fixed time and time again.
Harmon’s Creek Nazarene Pastor, Ed Damron said with the bridge out, he has seen fewer people attend church.
“Instead of taking five minutes, these people take up to 30 minutes to drive around. Thankfully they still do because they’re faithful people. You know, thankfully, but there’s people who live across the river who say if we didn’t have to drive all the way around the holes, potholes, and all the other stuff to get here, they would come to our church, so it’s detrimental to growth,” said Damron.
With the recent upgrades to Cow Creek Bridge in Hurricane that took a mere week and a half to complete, residents are confused and upset as to why Lanham Bridge can’t seem to get the fixes it needs. Residents were told the bridge would be fixed by the end of this summer, and now are being told it won’t be fixed till next year.