New bridge opens for neighbors in Elkview community

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Residents of one Elkview community have a little less to worry about when they travel up Bats Branch Road.

Community members, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) representatives, and others cut the ribbon on a new bridge that will help residents get where they need to go.

The bridge was put together by VOAD. Community members say this bridge will serve more than nine families up Bats Branch Road just outside of Elkview, West Virginia.

Before, neighbors say they either crossed an old culvert that was removed or crossed the creek.

VOAD officials say the total cost of the bridge was $14,746.32. When you add the labor and discounted materials, it's really valued at about $30,000.

Mennonite Disaster Services volunteered their time. Community Lutheran Partners funded the project.

The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster have built 56 private access bridges to date across West Virginia.