- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) - The Newport City Council has decided to not apply for a grant that could have turned the Blue Bridge into a pedestrian crossing.

Newport Mayor David Stewart tells Jonesboro television station KAIT (https://bit.ly/22fe7QW ) that the city council decided Monday to not apply for the grant that could have transformed the historic bridge into a walking and recreational trail. The city applied for the same grant last year but didn’t receive it.

Work is now underway to replace the 86-year-old Blue Bridge. The $31 million project is expected to be complete next year.

The bridge is one of three on the White River designed by the late Ira Hedrick, a University of Arkansas engineering graduate who went on to build many bridges throughout the South.

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Information from: KAIT-TV, https://www.kait8.com/


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