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Folks stroll on the Market Road Bridge on Friday in Wheeling. The bridge stays closed to motorized vehicle visitors following a latest inspection by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

WHEELING – The West Virginia Division of Freeway District 6 Engineer Tony Clark mentioned an inspection of the Market Road Bridge resulted in an estimate of fireplace harm.

The charred stays of a homeless cantonment underneath the bridge had been eliminated by a contractor lately.

With the particles eliminated, DOH bridge inspectors had been then free to examine the harm to the bridge from the hearth.

“It has been inspected and there was some harm. … the deck is broken. We’re nonetheless understanding what plans are wanted for these repairs,” he mentioned.

Clark mentioned the harm just isn’t essentially worse than beforehand estimated. There’s some harm to the deck of the bridge.

picture by: Photograph by Shelley Hanson

A “state property, no trespass” signal is erected subsequent to the Market Road Bridge in Wheeling on Friday. The bridge was broken by hearth and can bear repairs.

“It is as dangerous as we thought it was going to be,” Clark mentioned.

He mentioned he didn’t but know when the plan for the repairs could be finalised.

“We’re nonetheless engaged on it. It’s troublesome to say,” he mentioned.

Throughout this time, vehicular visitors on the bridge will stay closed. Pedestrians are nonetheless being allowed to stroll throughout the bridge, and could be seen doing so on a regular basis. Folks can usually be seen strolling the bridge for train, strolling their canines or utilizing the span to get from level A to level B.

The hearth broke out on the evening of seven June. Officers consider the hearth began in a homeless camp that was situated underneath the bridge. The Wheeling Hearth Division’s Bureau of Hearth Investigation is investigating the hearth. They’re looking for out who was underneath the bridge at the moment.

picture by: Photograph by Shelley Hanson

A person rides an electrical wheelchair throughout the Market Road Bridge on Friday in Wheeling. The bridge stays closed to motorized vehicle visitors following a latest inspection by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Spokesman Philip Stahl mentioned the primary two full-time hearth investigators from the hearth division have the authority to arrest suspects if the hearth is believed to be a prison act. They work carefully with the Wheeling Police Division and the Ohio County Prosecutor’s Workplace.

Those that have any details about who might have been underneath the bridge can name WFD’s Bureau of Hearth Investigation at 304-234-3770.

Whereas the bridge stays closed, motorists are requested to make use of the Principal or Chaplin Road bridges.


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