Black River Bridge to close for good this week

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Pocahontas residents can expect the old Highway 67 Bridge over the Black River to close for good sometime this week.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department District 10 Engineer Walter McMillan told Region 8 News that it will take a few days for the department to completely shift traffic to the southbound bridge.

McMillan explained that they must stripe the southbound bridge in preparation for it becoming a two-way road.

McMillan said he expects their crews to complete that work late Wednesday or Thursday.

After that, McMillan said it won't look like much is happening for a few days.

A crew from Little Rock will be in town to take photos of the historic bridge so they can create a model of it.

McMillan told Region 8 News that once they are done, they will start the demolition process.

The first piece of the bridge to go will be the "deck," which is where people drive.

At some point, explosives will be used to bring the rest of the bridge down.

Once the old bridge is removed, work will begin on constructing a new bridge in its place.

Overall, the job is expected to take 18 to 24 months.

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