Emergency responders prepare for bridge traffic

Emergency responders prepare for bridge traffic

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - County and city officials are working on a plan for emergency responders to avoid traffic from the Highway 67 bridge this summer.

Sometime in July, the Highway 67 bridge through Pocahontas will go from four lanes to just two.

People in the area and travelers are expecting major traffic problems from the construction.

Randolph County and Pocahontas city officials met to discuss ways to make sure emergency responders are not caught in the traffic as well.

Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said the best solution is to make sure there are stations on each side of the bridge.

The fire department already has two stations, one on the west and one on the east.

The police department is planning to add a substation to the east side as well during the construction.

"We are going to open up a substation on the other east side so we can keep an officer over on that side of town at all time. Plus we have the sheriff's department over that that backs us up always," Tackett said.

The department also has three officers that live on the east side of town so Tackett said they will be ready to help respond if needed.

Tackett said they are working on a plan for the ambulance service as well.

He said the main goal for all is to make sure the community is safe, and they can respond in a timely manner.

Officials warn drivers of the traffic that will come this summer from the bridge construction and ask them to plan accordingly.

Tackett also warns drivers to make sure that their cars and tires are up to date so no one breaks down on the bridge during the hot summer months.

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