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Bridge work is needed

Yes, it’s been aggravating.

Between roadwork around Ironton and closures on bridges leading over the Ohio River, the region has seen some backups of traffic.

Traffic has been rerouted from one of the Ashland bridges onto the other while work is done, while the Oakley C. Collins Memorial Bridge has undergone closures for inspection.

Meanwhile, in Proctorville, a weight limit has been placed on the bridge leading to Huntington, while inspectors discovered structural irregularities on the span.

While all of this may be a pain to motorists around the Tri-State, rather than be angry, one should be grateful that necessary steps are being taken.

It was 51 years ago that the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, due to a faulty link in its suspension span, killing 46 people.

The tragedy spurred a movement to put in a place stricter bridge inspections, in hopes preventing such a tragedy from occurring again.

We are thankful that public servants are taking a look at all of these bridges and work is being done to maintain their safety.

Any headache caused by traffic pales in comparison to the alternative.