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Work continues on Spring River Bridge despite delays

HARDY, Ark. (KAIT) – Crews are continuing construction work on the Spring River near Hardy, constructing a new bridge to replace the old Humphrey’s Ford Low Water Bridge.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation announced the new project in March 2021.

Construction took a little longer than crews expected, but factors such as spring flooding and relocating utilities forced work delays.

ArDOT District 5 Engineer Stan Glover said now that these issues have been resolved, it’s full steam ahead.

“Now that the warm weather is here and it’s not raining as much, we’re back there,” he said. “We’re about 40% complete on a three and a half million dollar contract, so we still have quite a bit of time left.”

Although the works caused slight delays, Glover said what they were doing was necessary.

“When the river is high, it is under water. So if you live or own property there, you cannot access it from that direction. You have to go through Cherokee Village to get there. It will just be a permanent, weatherproof bridge,” he explained.

Glover asks the public to be patient with the workers as they continue to battle the outside elements.

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