State Looking to Give Away Two Bridges in Craighead County

JONESBORO, AR - State highway officials want to give away a pair of historic bridges in Craighead County to make room for replacements.

The state highway dept. says that because the two bridges are elgible for the National Register of Historic Bridges, they just can't be torn down.  The two bridges, Cache River Bridge and Bayou DeView Bridge, both along Arkansas 226, are scheduled to be replaced.

So the department hopes to find someone to take over the title of one or both of the bridges and promise to maintain and preserve the historic integrity of the structures.

The Cache River Bridge, located west of Cash, is a Camelback Pony Truss, the only one of its kind remaining in the state, the state highway department said.  It consists of one 70-foot truss span and has an overall length of 180 feet, with a 25-foot wide deck.

The Bayou DeView Bridge, located east of Cash, is a Parker Pony Truss, one of 16 remaining in Arkansas.  It has a 90-foot single truss span, with an overall length of 192 feet, and a 26-foot deck width.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)