Maintenance work scheduled for new bridge prior to demolition of old bridge

Maintenance work on the 67 bridge
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Traffic patterns in Pocahontas will change dramatically starting this summer.

On July 5, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will begin the demolition process for the old Highway 67 Bridge in Pocahontas.

A new bridge will be constructed in its place but it will likely be an 18 to 24 month process according to the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

Though the start of that project is still nearly three weeks away, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Scott said Pocahontas residents can expect another hiccup in traffic to happen sooner than that.

"Next Tuesday, I have been told there is a five to ten workday period where they're going to be working on the new bridge," Scott said. "They're going to be doing some patching and repairing on that."

According to the Chamber of Commerce website, starting June 21, southbound traffic wishing to go toward East Pocahontas must use the left lane. Right lane traffic will be for right turns only from Broadway Street to the Highway 62 turn off.

After July 5, drivers going through the traffic light at McDonald's will move over to the left lane and follow the signs through the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway 62.

"We already had one town hall meeting a few months ago when we started realizing it was coming," Tim Scott said.

Scott said the Chamber of Commerce and Black River Technical College are planning to host a second town hall meeting after the northbound lane officially closes.

"To see if something can be worked out to stagger industrial times to go to work and school class times at BRTC," Scott said. "Anything we can do to make it easier on the motorists, that's what we're going to try to do."

Scott said working together is the key.

"I know we will adapt, the question is how quickly we will adapt to what will be happening," Scott said.

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