• New warning system installed at covered bridge that keeps getting hit by cars

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Officials have installed a new warning system for drivers at a historic Cobb County bridge that has been hit by vehicles repeatedly. 

    The covered bridge on Concord Road has been hit by cars at least 22 times. 

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach was at the bridge, where officials are hoping the new, low-tech warning system will curb the accidents. 

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    “People don’t seem to be getting the message. They hit the beam outside the covered bridge on an average of about once a month," said Cobb County spokesperson Ross Cavitt.

    Over and over, drivers in trucks more than seven feet high keep running into the protective beams.


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    “Call this 'Plan C,' whatever (you) want to call it. The official name for these things are "Overheight Vehicle Notification Devices,” Cavitt said.

    That’s a fancy name for the chains being hung from a pole Thursday by Cobb County Department of Transportation crews.

    "Hopefully, that will attract some attention, and (the) big orange sign right above them, hopefully that will attract some attention. Then the noise of hitting those pipes should attract the driver’s attention," Cavitt said.

    The pipes, like giant wind chimes, hang exactly seven feet off the pavement, a couple hundred yards back before the turnarounds where a driver can smash right into the protective beams at the same height.

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