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Drivers relieved problematic overpass is getting fixed

WILSON, AR (KAIT) -

A deteriorating overpass blamed for damaging several vehicles is finally getting repaired.

Brad Smithee, district maintenance engineer for the Arkansas State Transportation and Highway Department, said plans to begin work on the Highway 14 overpass near Wilson will begin within weeks.

The bridge has multiple places patched up; however, vehicles still have been damaged.

One hole is so large, Smithee says Interstate 55 can be seen through it.

According to Smithee they will place epoxy sealant over the hole to help existing concrete stay together.

Then they will overlay asphalt for a smoother drive.

Rhonda Suthern, who drives across the overpass daily, said she is relieved the overpass will be safer to drive.

“I’m excited,” Suthern said. “It’s about time. You’ll feel a lot safer going across the overpass. With all the holes in it, it’s very dangerous.”

Smithee says this is not a permanent fix, but it will be longer lasting than patching it up.

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