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Rising river water slows down the Black Rock Bridge project


The Black Rock Bridge project was slowed down again last week.

This time, the project was slowed by the rising water of the Black River, brought on by the heavy rain that's fallen in the past two weeks.

While the work being done under the bridge is already complete, that doesn't mean everything is all clear.

Alan Walter with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the rising water was approaching on materials being kept under the bridge.

The equipment had to be stored under the bridge because cranes would bring it up onto the bridge when it was needed and it allowed for the work to be done more efficiently.

With the rising water the material had to be moved onto the bridge.

"Until we get dry enough to get down underneath the bridge to get full use out of the cranes it's probably going to slow the work down over there," Walter said.

Walter said this is not the only project being slowed down by high water and saturated conditions.

He hopes for drier weather soon, so all of the projects can get back up to speed.

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