Records: 156 Arkansas Bridges 'Structurally Deficient'

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press  on Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 5:15 pm  

The state will impose weigh limits on bridges to ensure their safety.

At Pocahontas, three school buses cross the 79-year-old U.S. 67 North bridge daily, ferrying children from the east side of the Black River to schools on the west side. Children on field trips and sports teams add to the total, local school Superintendent Daryl Blaxton said Friday. Over a 180-day school year, there'd be upward of 600 to 700 crossings.

Bigger said he was hopeful there would be some way to preserve the old U.S. 67 North bridge, one of the few remaining active spans that formerly turned in the middle. A railroad span nearby was torn down and upset some people in town.

"This represents an era," Bigger said. "You could put a restaurant on it and look at the skyline of Pocahontas.

"Now it's kind of a small skyline," he said as an aside.

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