Public sees plans for replacing the “Blue Bridge”

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – Something new will be built in place of the Highway 367 Bridge in Newport and on Thursday residents got to look at those plans.

The structure known as the "Blue Bridge" over the White River will be replaced by a new two-lane structure, according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

The AHTD held a public involvement meeting at the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church from 4p-7p.

Newport Mayor David Stewart says those living in the area got to see if the construction plans involved them or properties they're familiar with.  He also says a question and answer session was held.

Construction of the new bridge will begin in 2013.  According to Mayor Stewart, the city is looking into acquiring the "Blue Bridge" so it won't be demolished.

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