- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - Migrating birds may cause a delay in the construction of a new bridge over the Black River in Pocahontas.

The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1pwstyQ ) reports that demolition of the existing Black River Bridge was expected to take place over the summer, but a special provision set by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department may prevent construction from beginning until September.

The provision says that demolition of a bridge that’s used as a nesting site for migrating birds is prohibited from March 1 to Aug. 31.

District Construction Engineer Alan Walter says that he doesn’t think the birds will be a problem. If they are nesting under the bridge, Walter says he’ll seek every way for the department to make an exception.


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

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