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Big Canoe Public Works personnel took nearly an entire day repairing the covered bridge
after yet another box truck hit. PHOTO BY JIM FRANCIS

The covered bridge takes another hit and inconveniences Monday drivers for the day

By Laura Link, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For all the warning signs erected for no trucks beyond this point at the Main Gate of Big Canoe – one even in bright red – drivers have found a way to ignore them and hit the big covered bridge.

The drivers’ “destructive tool” guiding them to trouble is a GPS gadget that for the most part is a good thing. Big box trucks go through the North Gate to enter. But after the washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator or new pool table have been unloaded in this unfamiliar mountain community, drivers no longer read the signs in Big Canoe because they are in a hurry to their next delivery with their trusty GPS.

The latest bridge hit of at least a dozen times in recent years happened Tuesday, March 14. A rental truck with a driver who said he didn’t see a sign (no because he was listening to the woman on his device sending him to a costly mistake) cost the truck renter thousands of dollars in repairs.

In addition to materials, the driver’s company will have to pay for nearly a full day of Big Canoe workers from public works putting the bridge back together again plus public safety employees blocking and unblocking the Main Gate route until 3:10 p.m. Monday, March 20. Not to mention the inconvenience of property owners and other work personnel with pickup trucks having to drive to and from the North Gate to get back to the Equestrian and Cox Mountain neighborhoods.

Anyone know the lady in the GPS that can clue her in about Big Canoe’s treasured covered bridge? In the meantime, the old green structure will brace for the next attack.

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