NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A wood truss bridge often used as a detour when on-coming trains block 13th Street is getting updated after falling into disrepair. In the past few years, drivers have noticed the bridge's broken railings and loose bolts.
In May, viewers expressed concerned over the safety of the deteriorating bridge. Neighbors of the bridge didn't want the bridge replaced with a more modern concrete-style bridge but rather update the wooden bridge back to suitable driving standards.
The Library of Congress has records stating the bridge was first constructed in 1925 and only had one major alteration in 1988. The main span was replaced to meet the minimum vertical clearance requirements by one inch. The bridge is the only identified timber Kingpost bridge in the entire state of Arkansas.
North Little Rock street crews will replace the side rails and bring the wood truss bridge back to safety standards. If you haven't taken a bumpy ride over the wooden bridge make sure you take a drive over it once the repairs are complete.