(06/28/2019)
6-27-2019 - According to the most recent data published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), West Virginia ranks second in the nation in highest percentage of bridges in poor condition.

1,444 bridges across the state are in poor condition, which is about one of every five bridges or 20 percent of all bridges.

This is a big reason why West Virginia local officials joined over 1,000 local government workers across the country in delivering a letter to Capitol Hill that asks policymakers to oppose any truck size or weight increases.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) did a study in 2016 which found that thousands of Interstate and other National Highway System bridges would not be able to handle longer or heavier trucks.

This would cost billions in additional bridge costs.

CALHOUN BRIDGE CONDITION OBTAINED BY FOIA

By Bob Weaver

6-16-2019 - The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways in Parkersburg advised the Hur Herald to do a Freedom of Information request to obtain the structural ratings of Calhoun bridges.

That list was previously obtained by a general request.

The Hur Herald issued a FOIA request on April 12, 2019.

Calhoun County has 50 bridges.

Fourteen bridges are listed as being critical/poor.

1. Straight Creek (built 1926) Critical

2. Laurel Creek (built 1940) Poor

3. Steer Creek (built 1930) Poor

4. Left Fork Barnes Run (built 1920) Poor

5. Left Fork West Fork Little Kanawha (built 1926) Poor

6. Nicut Run (1926) Poor

7. West Fork Little Kanawha (built 1930) Poor

8. Walnut Run (built 1929) Poor

9. West Fork Little Kanawha River (built 1932) Poor

10. Crummis Creek (built 1997) Poor

11. Millstone Creek (built 1932)Poor

12. Phillips Run (built 1930) Poor

13. Phillips Run (built 1987) Poor

14. Daniels Run (built (1934) Poor


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