ArDOT condemns, closes bridge in Randolph County indefinitely

ArDOT condemns, closes bridge in Randolph County indefinitely
ArDOT announced Tuesday they've condemned, closed a bridge in Randolph County indefinitely. (Source: Randolph County E911 via Facebook)

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Highway Department announced a bridge will close indefinitely in Randolph County.

According to a Facebook post by Randolph County E911, ArDOT condemned and closed the Fourche River Bridge on Engleberg Road indefinitely.

FYI the Arkansas Highway Department has advised this office that they will be closing down Engleberg Rd at the slough...

Posted by Randolph County E911 on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

ArDOT says safety concerns, revealed during a routine bridge inspection, prompted the closure.

A routine inspection, done in accordance with federal standards, revealed concerns about the load carrying capacity of the bridge.

On average, approximately 800 vehicles travel across this bridge daily.

The Department is considering all options for temporary restoration of the stream crossing.

The last accessible address is to the road is at Sparrow Road.

After that, access will come from Arkansas State Highway 115.

A construction project to replace the bridge, and two others in the area, is currently scheduled for 2022, but the Department is considering options to advance the timeline for this work.

Drivers will need to use alternate routes to travel between Engelberg and U.S. Highway 67.

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

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