- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - Saline County has received a $500,000 reimbursement grant to help restore a bridge that is on the National Register of Historic Places and the list of Arkansas’ Most Endangered Historic Places.

The Old River Bridge, which goes over the Saline River, was built in 1891 and used by pioneers on their way to Texas. It was closed in 1974 after a truck full of concrete blocks tried to drive over its wooden-planked bottom.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1TL1Y14 ) reports that the county received the grant from a federal program administered by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for alternatives to car transportation.

Saline County County Judge Jeff Arey said the restoration would ideally be a part of a larger recreational trail being planned from downtown Little Rock to downtown Hot Springs.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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