Bridge repairs require "immediate closure" in Poinsett County

Bridge repairs require "immediate closure" in Poinsett County

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A nearly 3 mile stretch of state highway in Poinsett County is closed for at least 2 weeks after the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department discovered several cracks in wooden support columns of a bridge.

According to a news release from Danny Straessle with AHTD, crews will repair a bridge on Arkansas Highway 75 in Poinsett County. The bridge is nearly 27 miles north of Interstate 40 and 8 miles south of Marked Tree.

The highway will be closed from Marked Tree to Highway 42 in Cross County.

"Cracks in several of the structure's wooden support columns have rendered the bridge impassable," the release stated.

Straessle said traffic will be closed for 2 weeks, but local traffic "will be permitted in this area."

Straessle said the 75-foot long bridge was built in 1955 and is inspected every year. It was last inspected in April of this year.

"Portable electronic message boards, barricades, and warning signs have been placed to alert motorists of the closure at various points along State Highway 75," the release stated.

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