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New Highway 367 White River bridge at Newport opens

After numerous delays, a highway construction project at Newport is now complete, according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT).

The new Highway 367 bridge over the White River at Newport opened to traffic on Friday morning.

The bridge replaces the town’s old steel truss “Blue Bridge,” which has been briefly closed for emergency repairs in recent years. The Blue Bridge was constructed around 1930.

Construction of the new bridge suffered setbacks, including flooding, over the last few years.

The improvement bid for the project was announced in 2013. At one time, the opening was projected for November 2017.

Image: ARDOT

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