Thursday, January 31, 2019

RIP Dale Bend Bridge

The Dale Bend Bridge  north of Ola, Arkansas in Yell County, Arkansas was lost yesterday (January 30). A semi-truck weighing at least 80,000 pounds (or 40 tons) collapsed the bridge that had a weight limit of 6 tons.
"I was following my GPS" is the driver's excuse. Did he not see the Weight Limit sign or was he simply oblivious to the fact that his truck weighed more than the 6 ton limit? Arkansas has lots of old truss bridges, but that number dwindles almost daily. Even as I type this, the Pruitt Bridge on AR 7 at the Buffalo River is about to be replaced. It can be saved if someone is willing to move it, but time is running out.

But inattentive, ignorant truck drivers aren't helping, Fryers Ford Bridge was lost due to an overweight truck as was the Two Mile Creek Bridge south of Mena. A couple months ago, we almost lost the Beaver Bridge to a damn tour bus. I'm just sick. Bridges are disappearing faster than I can photograph them.  Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who cares.

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