- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - Demolition has begun on the Black River Bridge in downtown Pocahontas.

Pocahontas Mayor Kary Story says the project began after state highway officials found that the bridge couldn’t be renovated and needed to be replaced for safety reasons. The Jonesboro Sun reports (https://bit.ly/2alPEHE that the bridge was deemed a historic structure in 1990.

Crews have removed some of the railing and old metal. After that, they’ll begin knocking down the concrete posts, railing and decks, then demolish the bridge.

Construction on a new bridge is expected to be completed next summer.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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