ARDOT addresses bridge concerns near Osceola

ARDOT has plans in place to replace both bridges in 2021 or 2022.
ARDOT has plans in place to replace both bridges in 2021 or 2022.((Source: KAIT-TV))
Published: Jan. 5, 2019 at 5:28 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2019 at 5:35 PM CST
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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Concerns are growing about two bridges on Highway 140 near Osceola.

Their rough conditions have people who travel them regularly speaking out to state representatives, ARDOT officials, and even voicing their concerns to Region 8 News.

However, they’re already on ARDOT’s radar.

Officials said these bridges are marked to be inspected at least once every year, instead of the standard every two years.

But at this point, there are no structural problems, just concerns about its surface.

"The deck is like a lot of concrete, it's starting to flake out on the top," District Construction Engineer Alan Walter said. "It is getting a little softer."

The good news is both of these bridges are in the plans to be completely replaced.

They're part of a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), however that likely will happen in 2021 or 2022.

In the meantime, ARDOT said they will continue adding temporary patches, as funding and weather allows.

And the best practice is to slow down when crossing them.

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