The sides of the new covered bridge over Little Darby Creek on Taylor Blair Road in West Jefferson were put in place on Oct. 24. The road and bridge are slated to reopen to traffic on or before Nov. 24. Finishing work will continue after the road reopens, which could cause delays at certain times of day.
Crews from construction company R.B. Jergens put in 14-hour days over the course of about two-and-a-half weeks to build the wood sides of the bridge.
Using a 500-ton crane, the crew moves the first side of the bridge, weighing over 130,000 pounds, from its resting place to its new home spanning the creek.
The first side was lowered across the creek at about 11 a.m. on Oct. 24. Later that day, it was raised again using two cranes for its final placement on the east side of Taylor Blair Road.
With the first side in place, the second side is lowered into place on the west side of Taylor Blair Road.