Century-old bridge over Spring River to be replaced soon

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

FULTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A 104-year-old bridge that connects Sharp and Fulton counties is about to be replaced.

The Fulton County Quorum Court last week approved the $200,000 project.

That money will be used to replace the Humphrey's Ford Bridge, which goes across the Spring River between the two counties.

"I'd say it was built very well at the time that they did it," Sharp County Judge Gene Moore said about the bridge, which was built in 1914. "It's been through many floods."

The bridge is very narrow, though, and it's a low-water bridge that often gets covered with water during heavy rains.

Moore said he is thankful for the hard work that Fulton County Judge Darrel Zimmer has put in to make the road safe for the citizens of both counties.

"It's a well-traveled area," Moore said. "There are a number of houses back up here on Nine Mile Ridge so people can get in and out and live. Also the camping park across the river and there's a lot of nice scenery back here and it's beneficial for this area."

A start date for the construction has not been announced yet.

The new bridge will be a high-water structure and will be built in a more direct route across the river from Sharp to Fulton County.

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