Private bridges dedicated in Clendenin

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — Two private bridges in Clendenin were dedicated Wednesday as part of the efforts to recover from the 2016 floods.

The bridges were the latest projects of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, in which the organization has completed 56 private access bridges since the June 2016 flood happened.

Ben Cisco, bridge project manager at West Virginia VOAD, said the projects and related reaction never gets old.

“It’s always a great feeling to be able to give a family that has a hard time just to get to their house,” he said. “It’s very rewarding, what we do.”

The bridges are paid with donated money and volunteers lead the construction efforts.

The bridges dedicated Wednesday were a vehicle bridge damaged by the 2016 flood and a pedestrian bridge destroyed more than two years ago.

“That bridge was there on its imagination,” Cisco said of the vehicle bridge. “The engineer came in and deemed it would not support what it should support as far as a residential vehicle or an ambulance or anything for emergency services.”





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