- Associated Press - Monday, October 29, 2018

PONCA, Ark. (AP) - A low-water bridge over the Buffalo River is set for restoration and stabilization this week in northern Arkansas.

The National Park Service says the Ponca bridge, which was built in 1943, is one of the last Works Progress Administration-era bridges remaining in Arkansas. The bridge made it possible for vehicles to cross the Buffalo River along the route to and from Jasper.

Now, it is mainly used by hikers, paddlers and other visitors to the scenic Buffalo River area.

The Park Service says the restoration work will include stabilizing the original bridge foundation, resurfacing the road deck and patching weak spots throughout the structure. The work is expected to last about 40 days.

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