Bridge demolition planned for broken down overpass in Weiner

Bridge demolition planned for broken down overpass in Weiner
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - Harvest season is in full swing, which means farmers are needing to use the roadways more than ever.

But one popular back road in Poinsett county has a broken down bridge that needs repairing before more machinery can cross.

Poinsett County Judge, Bob Cantrell, spoke with Region 8 News about this bridge and mentioned that it is one of two bridges on Weiner's Bayou Deview Rd.

Cantrell said that the barely passable bridge has a rotted underside and a broken down top. The overpass also lacks guard rails on either side.

Judge Cantrell does not know the age of the bridge but knows it is time to take it out.

"It is just really dangerous for big equipment to go across there," said Cantrell, "so we're going to take that bridge out and build one that is compatible for everyday equipment, equipment for nowadays."

The demolition and rebuilding of a new bridge is expected to take 3 months, but a detour will be available for farmers still needing to get across the ditch.

The new bridge will be about 40 feet long and 30 feet wide, with a concrete base that well help to accommodate heavy machinery.

Judge Cantrell says he also hopes to add another new bridge next year.

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