Bedford County bridge remains closed as VDOT evaluates repair options

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FOREST, Va. (WDBJ7) It could take four to six weeks for repairs to be made on a bridge that's creating a long detour for drivers in one part of Bedford County.

The Virginia Department of Transportation shut down a bridge on Everett Road in Forest April 29. Engineers discovered a steel beam on the bridge had deteriorated and rusted, causing the structure to begin crushing.

The bridge will remain closed until repairs can be made. Until then the only way for drivers to exit the neighborhood is five miles away on Route 811.

The estimated cost of temporary repairs is $50,000 to $75,000, according to VDOT spokesperson Jen Ward. VDOT has plans to completely replace the bridge in 2021.