April 9, 2006 - Posted at 2:02 p.m. CST
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. (AP) _ The U-S 82 bridge over the Mississippi
River in southeast Arkansas is taking shape, but the crossing won't
open until 2009.
The four-lane bridge will replace a two-lane span that connects
Lake Village and Greenville, Mississippi. The bridge now in use was
built in 1940.
The bridge under construction will have 101-foot-wide deck, more
than three times as wide as the 30-foot deck of the current bridge.
The new bridge will include four 12-foot lanes -- two in each
direction -- that will even accommodate wide loads without having
to shut down traffic in the other direction.
This week, crews are expected to close the gap in the main deck
between the bridge's two primary suspension towers.
The old bridge is a danger to modern river transportation and
has sustained more barge collisions than any other bridge on the
Mississippi since 1972.