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Fear of Collapse Closes Hopewell Bridge

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) - A bridge in Hopewell is in such bad shape, officials don't even want people to step foot on it because it could come crashing down.

The 90-year-old East Broadway Bridge is shut down until further notice and area residents, who use the bridge every day, worry they'll be trapped if a major storm floods the alternate roads.
"The piece that holds it up is about ready to cave in," says resident Jonathan Wade.

"It's been cars and trucks going over it," says Stephanie Mills. "They are moving the stuff up out of the way and just go over it."

There are two other ways into this neighborhood, but some residents say they could get trapped if another big storm comes through. For now, others are more concerned about the bumpy detour.

"I got a flat tire," says resident Debbie Davis. "With the condition of the area to the right of me and railroad tracks, it's pretty rough through that bottom."

"It's a very old bridge and the long and short of it is, it's at the end of its useful life," says Hopewell City Manager Mark Haley. "The bridge is 90 years old. We certainly didn't want vehicles going across it. We didn't even want people going across it."     

The city of Hopewell will most likely rip it down, but it's too early to tell what will happen. Everyone on Ramsey Avenue will have to wait and see what's next.

"I hope that they tear it down and put another one over there," Mills says.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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