After a bridge on the Brooke Pioneer Trail was vandalized over the weekend, trail representatives are offering a $2,000 reward for information about the incident.
Members of the Brooke Pioneer Trail Association found the Harrison Run Bridge, located south of Beech Bottom, significantly damaged this week, as railings on the bridge appear to have been ripped down.
Now, the association is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator. The reward was made possible through private donations, said Doug Wayt, co-president of Ohio Valley Trail Partners, who also works with the Brooke group.
The bridge was built about 10 years ago by the West Virginia National Guard Engineering Squadron based in Moundsville, Wayt said. A sign thanking the entity that hangs on the bridge was also found to be torn off, he said.
The bridge is a necessary part of the trail, which spans from Wellsburg to Short Creek and connects to the Wheeling Heritage Trail, said Ruby Greathouse of the Brooke Pioneer Trail Association.
On top of being used by pedestrians and cyclists, the trail serves as the alternative route to W.Va. 2 for emergency vehicles of Brooke County, she said.
To provide information, people can contact the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office or the trail association at 304-737-0506.