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Black River Bridge at Black Rock now open

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The project that started in 2013 ended Friday after the Black River Bridge at Black Rock opened up to traffic.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department moved the barriers off of the highway that morning to allow for vehicles to move across the newly constructed bridge.

The bridge was expected to open in January, but floodwaters from the river delayed its opening.

Project Engineer for AHTD Jim Toney said he encourages drivers to still take caution while going over the bridge.

“There still will be a lot of work going on,” Toney said. “There will be construction workers going on… on both sides of the lanes they're going to do cleanup work, moving forums. We need to try to make sure keep your eyes on the road and keep everyone safe.”

The new bridge will have an 80,000 pound weight limit.

Crews will now begin work to tear down the old bridge.

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