BARBOUR COUNTY –
The West Virginia Division of Highways has closed the Carrollton Covered Bridge
on County Route 36 in Barbour County. A fire was reported at the bridge at
approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The wooden structure
covering the bridge was significantly damaged and the Office of the State Fire
Marshal is investigating the cause of the incident.
“Along with playing a special role
in West Virginia’s history, our covered bridges are among the most photographed
landmarks in the state,” said Tom Smith, Transportation Secretary. “The
Division of Highways will thoroughly evaluate this structure, make necessary
repairs to reopen the bridge to traffic, and assist in efforts to restore this
WVDOH will be taking measures to secure the bridge site to reduce trespassing and
prevent any vandalism.