New St. Francis River Bridge Connecting Northeast Arkansas and The Bootheel Now Open

AUGUST 5, 2004 - Posted at 11:39 a.m. CDT

CARDWELL, MO - After nearly three years of construction, the new U.S. 412 bridge over the St. Francis River and connecting Greene County, Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel is now open to traffic.

Two-lane traffic was moved to the eastbound lanes of the bridge late yesterday.  The span will eventually be opened to four lanes of traffic once construction work on the Arkansas side of Highway 412 is completed, which is expected to be in early 2006.

Meanwhile, motorists are urged to use extreme caution when crossing the new bridge, as work continues on the span.  "There's still a lot of work to be done.  There's some paving that has to be done while that traffic is there, so there will be some congestion and some flagging going on for the next several days," said Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department District 10 Engineer Joe Barnett.