Police department adds substation in preparation of bridge closure

Pocahontas Police Changes Along Hwy 67
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Signs are up along Highway 67 in Pocahontas warning motorists of impending road work on the Black River Bridge.

The old Highway 67 Bridge is slated to come down this summer. Already, law enforcement is preparing for the change in traffic flow.

"This is going to be tough," Police Chief Cecil Tackett said.

The Pocahontas Police Department knows that getting from one side of town to the other won't be an easy task once traffic is reduced to just the southbound lane.

"We're just going to do it day by day and deal with it. We don't any choice on that matter," Tackett said.

Tackett said they've put an office in the Pocahontas Fire Department Station #2 on the east side of town. They'll use that office as a substation when needed.

"If the bridge goes down, it's going to take 10, 15, 20 minutes to cross that bridge so we're going to try and keep somebody there on the east side," Tackett said. "The substation that we've put into effect over there has the necessary computer in there to do our reports."

Tackett said he also plans to have an officer stationed on the east side of town during peak traffic hours.

"Plus we've also got four officers that live on that side and we're going to work with them so if we have an emergency come up to where we've got to have more than one officer, we'll just employ them at that point," Tackett said.

Friday afternoon, keys to the office were made up for each Pocahontas police officer.

Once the bridge work is complete, Chief Tackett said they still plan to use the substation office to make officers more efficient.

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