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Wheeling Suspension Bridge Weight Enforcement Increases


Police are cracking down on violators of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge’s 2-ton weight limit.

Wheeling police Corp. Ulrich Utt says he has written 20 citations within 30 days.

Utt tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that authorities are concerned about grossly overweight vehicles using the bridge.

Signs posted on the bridge also call for a 50-foot distance between vehicles.

Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball says the 166-year-old bridge is a national treasure that people take for granted.

He says he has seen school buses, motor homes, garbage trucks and large commercial vehicles on the bridge.

The bridge connects downtown Wheeling to Wheeling Island.