The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KVRTA) has immediately stopped bus service across the Nitro-St. Albans bridge due to weight restrictions.
In a news release from the KVRTA, officials say their buses slightly exceed the posted 28,000 pound gross vehicle weight limit. They say that while some of their more recently used lighter buses are below the weight limit, if there are a lot of passengers on the bus, it may exceed the bridge's weight limit.
The buses traveled across the bridge as a part of the Nitro route -- and crossed the bridge to meet up with the St. Albans route at the St. Albans Station.
KVRTA says that while this change will be an inconvenience for riders, safety is top concern. The authority says it consulted with the West Virginia Department of Transportation before making the decision to halt bus traffic across the bridge.
KVRTA cites the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota and recent publicity about the Nitro-St. Albans bridge as its reason for looking into this issue.