Judge clears way for razing 87-year-old Arkansas bridge; span supporters unable to save it

Posted: July 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The old U.S. 79 bridge at Clarendon is no longer open to traffic and is scheduled to be torn down in the coming months, but a group fighting to save the bridge and turn it into a bike and pedestrian trail hasn’t given up.

The former U.S. 79 bridge in Clarendon -- an 87-year-old span that the city had hoped could be turned into an economic development engine for Arkansas' ever-struggling Delta -- is much closer to coming down, although the exact day and hour has not been set.

Demolition of the former U.S. 79 bridge in Clarendon can begin as soon as Wednesday’s order by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is officially...

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