MASON, W.Va. — A rumor posted on the popular social media site “Facebook” concerning the Bridge of Honor has caused much concern the past few days throughout the tri-county area.
The post appeared early this week and read: “Warning. If you can avoid crossing the Pomeroy/Mason bridge, you should do so. The bridge is shifting and it was built on a sink hole. Pass this along to your family and friends.”
And pass along it did. Soon hundreds were sharing the post. Coupled with the drainage work being done on the Ohio side of the bridge, one person even suggested a road connecting Pomeroy and Middleport was being constructed along the hillside, because it was unsafe to travel the road under the bridge.
West Virginia Delegate Scott Cadle (R-Mason) represents the 13th district, which includes the Bend Area. Cadle said Thursday that he had spoken with West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox regarding the rumor.
“Mr. Mattox said the bridge was inspected in June and guaranteed me there is no problem,” Cadle said.
Brent Walker, director of communications for WVDOT, concurred.
“Rest assured, that bridge is in fine condition,” he said.
Walker added that he didn’t know how the post got started, but was “disappointed” that it was created in the first place.
“It has no kind of substance,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with that bridge.”
Cadle made his own plea on Facebook, urging people not to spread the rumor, and likened it to someone yelling “fire” in a movie theater. He also posted that the entire situation has taken valuable time from many officials, that could have been better used on important projects.
Cadle said a scare such as this one opens old wounds, as people remember the falling of the Silver Bridge.
“People here are nervous anyway,” he stated.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.