According to the Channel 11 story, the driver felt the bridge shaking while driving across and it fell on his trailer just as he was getting to the other side. I suspect other gas well service trucks over the limit have driven across the bridge that weakened it. The Fryer family moved to this area in the early 1840's and there are still some family members in the general area, but not near the Fryer's Ford Bridge. The family has no input on bridge maintenance or replacement as it's contribution was in the form of an easement through it's land for the road and bridge in 1890 and has not owned that particular land for several generations. Since the bridge is on the National Register of Historical Places, there are restrictions related to modifications that disrupt historical significance, but it is up to the county and state to inspect, repair or replace the bridge. It should have been replaced years ago with a modern bridge upstream and closed to traffic and could have been left in place as the bridge is in a hairpin curve.
April 13, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
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