UPDATE: 2/14/2020 @ 4:10 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) The West Virginia Department of Highways has released a statement after a loose barge struck the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge, “Bridge of Honor,” between Mason County, WV and Meigs County, OH.
State Bridge Engineer Tracy Brown and a team from the WVDOH Bridge Department visually inspected the reinforced concrete tower they believe was hit to look for any visible structural damage or misalignment of the tower. The team also inspected the bearings at the tower that support the superstructure, according to the WVDOH.
The DOH team said the bridge had no structural damage from the barge strike.
UPDATE: 2/14/2020 @ 4:30 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – According to West Virginia 511, the bridge was reopened around 2 a.m. this morning.
UPDATE: 2/13/2020 @ 11:30 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – Dispatcher say all fifteen loose barges are accounted for, but the bridge will remain closed until an inspection is completed as a result of one concrete pillar being struck.
Due to swift currents, it may be daylight before an inspection can be safely conducted.
ORIGINAL: 2/13/2020 @ 10:00 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – Route 833 at the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge is shut down.
The bridge is shut down due to a threat of fifteen loose barges loaded with fracking sand, according to Meigs County dispatchers.
There is no word on injuries or damage at this time, but dispatchers say that one pillar was struck.
Dispatchers say most responding services from each side of the bridge, including, but not limited to Mason Fire, Mason Police, ODOT, Pomeroy Fire, Pomeroy Police, and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
This is a developing story, please check back later for more information.