Poinsett Co. bridge crew works to save million dollar bridge

Poinsett Co. bridge crew works to save million dollar bridge

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Poinsett County bridge crews are hard at work making sure a highly traveled bridge is safe.

It's located west of Fisher on Bayou Deview Road in Poinsett County.

Workers were out Tuesday, working to remove debris that piled up under the bridge due to heavy rains.

Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell said there was a large amount of tree limbs and logs under the bridge.

Cantrell said they even found a couch and a refrigerator blocking the water from flowing under the bridge.

Cantrell said an engineer did look at the bridge and deemed it safe to travel over, but if the debris isn't removed it could add pressure which could make it unsafe in the future.

"It could move the bridge, and it just sets on skid plates anyway," Cantrell said. "You know, so if it got high enough or bad enough it could compromise the bridge as far as being safe to travel across."

Cantrell said this type of clean up is a yearly process.

He explained he already sees other logs on the bayou that could potentially get stuck under the bridge later.

His crew plans to pick up that debris as well.

Cantrell said things like this are figured into the budget and hopefully the work will be finished late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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