POMEROY — The Bridge of Honor, which spans the Ohio River between Mason, W.Va. and Pomeroy, Ohio, was closed for a short time after a barge struck one of its pillars early this morning. It was reopened shortly before noon.
T. Steve Williams, PE, Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District (ODOT) District 10, said that apparent driver error resulted in a “glancing blow” of one barge against the structure.
ODOT inspectors were dispatched to the site of the incident to assess the damage, which Williams said was minimal. He said the temporary closure was a routine public safety precaution.
No word yet on how the accident happened or who the barge belongs to, but witnesses say the barge was towed away from the bridge to the West Virginia side of the Ohio River.