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New Martinsville residents waiting on a train

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 11:17 AM EST


WETZEL COUNTY, W.Va. – It’s been almost a year since the Brooklyn Bridge in New Martinsville closed, and trapped residents who sometimes wait up to an hour for trains to pass at the area’s only other entrance into town are losing their patients.

The state inspected the bridge and reported a problem with the piers, making the structure unsafe for travel.

Linda Stackpole lives in the area and has to cross the tracks daily. She literally feels like she’s on the wrong side of the tracks.

“I have waited as long as almost an hour because of that train just to get across,” she said.

She says her biggest fear is an emergency.

“I pretty much came to the conclusion that if my house caught on fire, it would probably burn down,” Stackpole said.

Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haught said the bridge can be used for emergencies but it’s closed for normal traffic.

 “I’m hopeful we can get it resolved soon,” Haught said.

He said there is no date for re-opening the bridge. They are waiting for approval and hope to get construction done as quickly as possible, he said.

Until then for residents, there’s no break from the solitude.


New Martinsville residents waiting on a train

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