Ever since flooding washed away the historic Bob White Covered Bridge in Patrick County more than five years ago, residents have wanted to replace it.
There are six covered bridges still standing in Virginia. They’re a specific kind of tourism draw.
Patrick County has a Virginia Covered Bridge Festival, and people came to see the Bob White Covered Bridge and nearby Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge in Woolwine.
“People travel to the county to see covered bridges,” said Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin County.
The General Assembly sent a bill from Poindexter to Northam for his signature to have the Virginia Department of Transportation work with the Patrick County Board of Supervisors and community groups to approve a construction plan for a replica of the Bob White Bridge.
Civically engaged students
Lawmakers gave final passage to twin measures from Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, and Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, to require the Virginia Department of Education to establish guidelines so that middle and high school students who are absent from school to attend a civic or political event can receive an excused absence.
Not all school divisions have adopted specific policies to provide for excused absences for students to participate in political and civic activities.