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Bridges of Arkansas


If you live in Little Rock, you know about the massive renovation hitting downtown: the Broadway Bridge. As the six-month process to renew the bridge getss underway, read up on some interesting facts on bridges in Arkansas.

  • The first recorded bridge was in 1823 over White Oak Bayou by Samuel McHenry, who was granted a franchise.
  • Companies didn’t bid to build bridges until 1875 after Act 126 passed.
  • Bridge design and construction became the State Highway Department’s responsibility after its creation in 1924.
  • Built in 1874, the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge over Cadron Creek is the oldest in Arkansas.

Maeghen Carter, Ghidotti Communications

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