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April 4, 2017


STAUNTON – The Meems Bottom covered bridge in Shenandoah County near Mount Jackson temporarily closed this morning (Tuesday, April 4). An apparent vehicle strike over the weekend damaged the bridge along Route 720 (Wissler Road) for the second time in the past month. The structure will remain closed while the Virginia Department of Transportation repairs the damage and evaluates options for protecting the historic structure from future damage.

The Meems Bottom bridge dates back to 1894 and has strict traffic restrictions. Multiple signs on both sides of the structure advise motorists that vehicles are limited to 10 feet in height, 12 feet in width, and a weight of 13 tons.

The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. More information about VDOT-maintained covered bridges is found at the following link:

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