Arkansas Department of Transportation Holds Ribbon-Cutting For Red River Bridge

The Arkansas Department of Transportation held a ribbon-cutting Wednesday November 21st for the new Red River Bridge on I-30 near Fulton.  The actual ribbon-cutting was held between US 67 and I-30 almost on the banks of the river on the Miller County side.  According to William Cheatham of the Arkansas D.O.T., the previous bridge was built in 1967.  It was narrow and didn’t have any shoulders.  The bridge carries about 30,000 vehicles per day and Cheatham said it was just time to replace the bridge.  Cost for the bridges was $38 million dollars which included the approaches on I-30 on each side, demolition and disposal of the old bridge, and the actual construction of the new bridge.  Cheatham said one of the next big projects in our area will be in starting in Nevada County.  The highway department will be working on the area between mile-markers 36 and 56 on I-30.  Cheatham says that project will include asphalt work and bridge repair work.  Cheatham says that will be a two-year project.