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Bridge repair continues

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Myatt Creek bridge is one of the bridges that was wiped away by the floods. The bridge is now complete and ready to be traveled on. Photo by Emily McIntosh
Many people are aware of the damage the floods did in the spring. Some of that damage is still noticeable. Many bridges in Fulton County are still being repaired.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willett said, "The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department does a bridge inspection every year." Willett said the highway department checks all the bridges in the area for stabilization, but they do not fix county bridges.

Willett said the county has had many bridges to fix. He said Union Bexar, Wippoorwill Drive, Myatt Creek, Heart Road and Gum Springs bridges are all complete.

The county still has a lot of work to do. Willett said, "There are about 20 or 30 more getting concrete slabs repaired."

He said the county is leasing nine graders, 12 dump-trucks, a back-hoe, two excavators and a loader. "All of these work every day," Willett said.

"There were some where we just replaced rock around the edges," he said. Willett also said all of the approaches to the bridges had to be replaced.

Willett said he was amazed by the amount of damage the floods did. "I've never seen anything like this in my life. I know the water was high, but I've never seen damage like this," he said.

In all, the cost to fix local bridges is $2-3 million, Willett said. It cost about $100,000 just to fix the Heart Road bridge. Willett said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take care of 75 percent of the cost, and the state will reimburse 12.5 percent.

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