Despite Warnings, Drivers Can’t Stop Ramming into Georgia’s Most Beloved Covered Bridge
Cobb County officials say that GPS apps are to blame.
In the bustling Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, history and technology are colliding—quite literally—at a rate of once a month.
Since it reopened in December, WABE-FM reports that five vehicles have rammed into the top of the seven-foot-high warning beam at the entrance to the town's historic Concord Covered Bridge. The culprit? GPS navigation apps and an apparent indifference to the numerous warnings put in place by county officials.
In addition to an electronic warning sign that warns trucks and cars with trailers if they're too tall and need to detour, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt told the Associated Press that officials are working with GPS companies to see if they can provide in-app warnings.
The bridge, which dates back to the 1800s, burned down in the Civil War and was later rebuilt. It was closed in August for $800,000 in structural repairs following two major collisions in 2016.
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Today, it is estimated that anywhere from 7,000 to 10,000 drivers use the Concord Covered Bridge to cross Nickajack Creek each day. The only covered bridge in Cobb County still open to automobile traffic, its traffic count is higher than all the covered bridges in Georgia combined.