- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) - The demolition of a historic bridge in Pocahontas has been postponed because migratory birds have nested at the site.

The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1XC3s21 ) reports that the dismantling of the Black River Bridge, a historically registered landmark, was scheduled for July. But state regulations prevent the demolition of a structure that migratory birds have nested in.

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim Scott says the birds were discovered shortly after a bid for the demolition was accepted on March 23.

Alan Walter, a District Construction Engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, said in March that the department would do everything possible to avoid allowing nesting birds to delay the project significantly.

Walter says the bridge will stay open until demolition can begin later in the year.


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

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