Dedication of Clay County bridge marks 50th private span to be replaced under project

Volunteers cut the ribbon Thursday for the dedication of a replacement bridge in Ivydale in Clay County. (WCHS/WVAH)

Flooding back in 2015 wiped out 500 small private bridges in West Virginia and prompted new efforts to rebuild them.

On Thursday, a special dedication was held in Ivydale in Clay County for the 50th private replacement bridge, financed and built by the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD) bridge project. VOAD and its partners have replaced bridges in nine counties.

Martha Adkins was left without any bridge and an easy way to get to her home in Clay County by the flooding in June. She made it clear just how much the new bridge means to her.

“I love it,” Adkins said. “It’s simple and easy enough for me to get to my house.”

Prior to getting the new bridge, Adkins said she either had to wade the creek or cross a stepladder to cross the water.

Additional bridge projects are ongoing through the spring, and many more are in the engineering and planning phases. Construction will continue throughout the year.

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