The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 3, 2013

Snapped cable closes suspension bridge

The Associated Press

WHEELING — The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is closed indefinitely after a cable snapped.

Media outlets report the cable snapped on top of the bridge on the downtown Wheeling side Saturday afternoon.

West Virginia Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker said the diagonal cable helps to prevent the bridge from swaying. He said it’s not a load-bearing cable.

State inspectors plan to develop a repair plan today.

The 1,000-foot-long bridge originally was built in 1849. It was rebuilt in 1856 after a wind storm damaged it in 1854.