85-year-old Pocahontas bridge to be replaced

Published: Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM CDT
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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - After information stating that the north bound U.S. 67 bridge in Pocahontas was structurally deficient for the amount of traffic that passed over it, The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is now planning to replace it.

"We never thought too much about it not being safe, but after the Minnesota bridge fell, it kind of prompted everybody to look around to see what kind of bridge do we have," said Pocahontas Mayor Frank Bigger.

The town had plans to tear down the nearly 85-year-old bridge a long time ago, but after the newer bridge was built, they still needed it to accommodate the traffic.

In 1990, the bridge became eligible to the National Register of Historic Places, which gave it the opportunity to be preserved before anyone could demolish it. However, Bigger said it won't be in the hands of the city.

"The city does not want it," said Bigger. "The city council voted not to take any kind of ownership, but there is a Five Rivers Historical Society here that wants to take it."

Whether it's donated or not, Bigger said a new bridge will take its place.

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