The intent behind the award-winning WV VOAD Bridge Project is to provide families, who were affected by 2015 & 2016 flooding and lack the resources to recover on their own, with safe bridges that will be as resilient as possible to future storms. WV VOAD is partnering with disaster response agencies, state and local officials, federal agencies, and businesses to efficiently coordinate volunteers, equipment, and building materials with no cost to WV families. Bridges are built to a standard that exceeds state and federal standards. Here in West Virginia, our greatest resources are each other. This is a whole community effort. We are not just building bridges; we are connecting our children to education, our elderly to medical facilities, and our neighbors to us.
Private Bridge Replacement Guidelines
Members at a special WV VOAD meeting in Charleston, WV on August 18, 2015, requested the development of a guideline for the design and construction of private bridge replacement for bridges that were destroyed by flooding. The WV VOAD Bridge Committee was formed as a result to oversee this effort. This guideline was developed with the input of WV VOAD staff, local, state, and federal agencies and advisors.