Bridge collapse strands mobile home residents
by Megan Thornton
June 18, 2013 12:31 AM | 2378 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A large hole in the bridge at Pine Haven mobile home park prevents residents from leaving their homes by vehicle Monday morning.
A large hole in the bridge at Pine Haven mobile home park prevents residents from leaving their homes by vehicle Monday morning.
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MARIETTA — Several mobile home park residents were left stranded Monday after a small bridge collapsed, leaving many to dangerously cross a narrow portion of the bridge on foot as it is the only road in and out.

Sometime Sunday night during the heavy rains and storms, the two-lane bridge in the Pine Haven mobile home park just north of Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marietta campus on Frank Street off Sandtown Road gave way. Only a few feet of the bridge was left in place.

Stretching over a small creek, the bridge was roped off Monday morning but many residents stood nearby, taking photographs of the gaping hole. About 60 mobile homes are located on the other side with no access to another exit road.

After lunchtime, the caution tape was moved back several yards as crews assessed how to fix the crossing.

Randy Iaquinto, regional manager for Bay Shore Home Sales, the management company that owns Pine Haven mobile home park, said residents would be able to drive out of the neighborhood by Monday night.

“We’ve got a lot of contractors assisting us and we’re just in the beginning stages,” Iaquinto said at about noon.

He said the bridge repair would be constructed in two phases and would be completed by today. He said the work was fairly straightforward and involved replacing the culvert and repairing the bridge.

County spokesman Robert Quigley said Department of Transportation staff visited the site and determined the county would by involved in the repair.

“We sent our DOT representatives out this (Monday) morning to look at it to make sure if they needed emergency assistance, but the owners seem to have it all worked out,” Quigley said.
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