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Concord Road Covered Bridge Closed Several Hours Tuesday After Accident

Do you think the covered bridge is a safety hazard?

Concord Road was closed for several hours Tuesday afternoon while Cobb police worked to clear an accident on the covered bridge at the border of Smyrna and Mableton.

The department’s Public Information Officer Dana Pierce said the damage wasn’t as serious as past accidents at the bridge.

“It doesn’t sound like the worst like it usually is where they knock most of the covered bridge down, but it probably is reduced them going through there,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious, I think just think it’s a typical property damage crash.”

As Pierce said, this isn’t the first accident on the one-lane bridge. In April 2011 a woman driving a U-Haul truck tried to drive through the bridge. This caused an iron height barrier post to fall and block the roadway to traffic.

At the time of the accident Mableton resident Ron Gause who lives directly behind the bridge that crosses Nickajack Creek said there are accidents there "all the time."

"This is one of the highest accident areas in Cobb County," Gause said.

Do you think covered bridge is safety hazard? Tell us in the comments.

Concerned Veteran September 12, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I was on my Harley riding slowly through the bridge when I hit a very slick spot on the wooden floor and went down. There should be a warning sign for motor cycles there. Very dangerous!!!!!!
Bill Lyons September 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I am thankful that we have preserved the historic bridge. In addition to the historic value, it serves a a low risk filter to get drunk and stupid drivers off of our roads,
Shelly Ryan September 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Car accidents happen quite frequently anytime and anywhere. It's more a case of some drivers being a safety hazard...
M Johnson September 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
The bridge is not dangerous, the drivers who refuse to drive safely are the problem!
Carol September 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I have seen more numbskull driving maneuvers near that bridge. I've even seen two idiots play chicken on the one-lane bridge over the silver comet. It is not the bridge's fault. It is the selfishness and egocentrism of the drivers. "I can make it." "I'm going first." Last time I checked, you can't really fix that.
Sydney Busby (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I've always been unsure of how crossing the covered bridge works. I was under the impression that cars had to go through it one at a time and you alternated which side got to go. But any time there are drivers behind me they follow close and go through in a long line while people on the other side wait to cross. What's the "right way" to do it?
Shelly September 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
It is irresponsible drivers not the beautiful bridge that is the issue, this story states it all.
30082 September 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
It's not the bridge. People need to learn how to drive safely through there. I was almost hit by a guy going 30+mph. Get a clue. I would suggest a right away directional light that guides who goes. This may be helpful. This has been used in many other one lane locations across the country. Or, rather than a yield sign which many people don't understand what Yield means (sad to say), maybe put a stop sign and then have it policed periodically.
rebecca September 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I've heard its three cars at a time, then alternate...not sure if its true though.
jg September 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Hate to say it but just take it down. There is SO much traffic through their on a daily basis. It's quaint and historic but dangerous and unnecessary. Sorry, I live right near it and find it truly frustrating. Yes, their are plenty of dangerous, ignorant drivers as well that don't help.
Kevin Howell September 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The signs clearly warn you about the height restriction as well as to turn your lights on. I would not be surprised that all the accidents are caused by one or both drivers not turning their lights on. Start giving out tickets to all the drivers who don't follow the signs. In response to the question of "how many cars go at once", the cars that are waiting on the opposite side when you pull up should all get to cross before you go. If you are there first you should cross first.
Dave McDaniel September 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
There are caution signs everywhere and some drivers disregard or think it doesn't apply. Common sense dictates that people slow down and do the courteous thing about yielding. It used to be commomplace for vehicles to alternate one at a time...not so much anymore. This is a Cobb County-designated Historic District with an historic one-lane bridge. We have the option to deal with it or take alternate routes. The bridge is not the hazard; some drivers are.
Finrod September 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Back in Indiana where I lived before moving to Georgia, the bridge for State Road 225 over the Wabash River is an ancient iron one-lane bridge, and their solution is to have traffic lights at either end, like it was an intersection, that lets drivers through in one direction at a time. This would solve many of the problems described with this bridge if this was implemented here.
Anita Norman September 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I agree with "jg". That whole Covered Bridge area is a menace, but especially the bridge. I live in Bentley Park, the last sub on the Smyrna side of the bridge, and I can tell you it does NOT "get drunk and stupid drivers off our roads." My son was hit head-on on the other one-lane bridge a few years ago by a drunk driver, and I was hit head-on by a girl talking on her phone as she left the Covered Bridge and headed up hill on the Smyrna side, where I was coming down. I also followed a drunk driver down Concord Road westbound toward the bridge and over the bridge. But for the grace of God there was no one else coming toward us as he swerved all over the road.
Suzanne Bock September 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I think it actually serves to divert some drivers off onto S. Hurt (I see that as a good thing). To dismantle a piece of history in an attempt to address the stupidity of drivers just doesn't make sense. Change the yield to a stop at the covered bridge and put an alarmed height barrier right around the Comet trail access point
Suzanne Bock September 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I have to disagree with your interpretation of being "there first". Its the person at the stop line who is there first, not the crowd behind him. For a proper yield you should alternate one at a time from either side of the bridge.
Suzanne Bock September 12, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The correct way to yield is one at a time alternating sides of the bridge. The variety of answers to this explains a lot.
Sydney Busby (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Hi Rebecca and Suzanne, I was able to find an answer. http://patch.com/A-xFFG Thanks! Sydney
Pat Burns September 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The Concord Road Historic District, including the Covered Bridge, has been in existence for over 100 years. This area is on the National Register of Historic Districts. It is unique to not only Cobb County, but the entire state and nation.
30082 September 12, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The bridge is here to stay. I think Concord Rd needs to be policed more often since people drive 50+mpr through there. Monitoring camera like they have over intersections. Ticketing cameras for driving over 15 mpr. Stop signs. Directional Lighting. Speed bumps. There are a lot of solutions rather than tearing down a historic bridge.
Carol September 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The Covered Bridge is a wonderful piece of history that should be preserved and protected. It is not the problem. You cannot regulate stupid and aggressive drivers. That is the safety hazard here and elsewhere. Although some signage as to the number that should cross at one time might help, some common courtesy would help much more.
Harold Smith September 13, 2012 at 05:51 AM
The bridge is not the problem. The problems are the drivers that ignore all the caution lights, signs, etc. When someone drives an 18 wheeler across a one lane bridge and does not turn around at the designated "turnaround" you know he or she is too stupid to be driving. Warning signs say the clearance on the bridge is 7 feet, but tall vans, pickup tructs with ladders on the top and other vehicles that exceed both the height and weight warnings should be given tickets. The Friends of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District have worked hard over the years to preserve and protect that area, which was the first historic district in Cobb County. I think it may be the only covered bridge in the metropolitan area that still is open on a public road and one of less than two dozen in the whole state of Georgia. It is the centerpiece of Cobb County's Heritage Park and home to a large portion of the Silver Comet Trail that attracts tourist from all over the country. Harold Smith
Laura Leidigh September 23, 2012 at 08:14 AM
The bridge is amazing...the people who refuse to observe the signs are the problem. We were hit while stopped at the yield sign...yielding to traffic in the bridge. The person was from out of town, driving with a suspended driver's license, in a borrowed car, using her cell phone, and attempting to pass us while we were yielding...need I say more. The bridge is a stationary object...it is not dangerous. Laura Leidigh
Scott Garrett October 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Driving through the covered bridge is almost like going back in time. My family and I really appreciate that it has survived progress. We have been taking the Covered Bridge for the last eight years and always see people not paying attention to the speed limit or warning signs, especially the one telling drivers to turn on their lights while driving through. I'm sure, in that drivers mind they believe its not necessary to turn their lights on, because "they" can see just fine. In fact if you don't have your lights on while driving through you become almost invisible to the the other drivers coming from the othersde. I think maybe if there was a lower speed limit and perhaps a few more signs warning of the hazards and explaining briefly why your lights need to be on I'm sure it would be safer.

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