In a letter dated Monday to Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), the trio proposed that the current arch-truss bridge be replaced with a 21st Century version and recommended a twin inclined arch bridge.
"The use of an arch truss has historically provided an important function in bridge construction. It enables the bridge longer spans, which mean fewer piers in the water....All in all, a twin inclined arch bridge will provide safer transit options for those on the bridge or using the waterway," the letter stated, saying further that "The Broadway Bridge has and should both reflect the history and future of our community."
KARK 4 News reported in July that the cost to rehab or replace the 90-year-old bridge that connects the downtown areas of North Little Rock and Little Rock ranges from $16 million to $25 million.
Engineers with an Illinois-based firm ran a series of tests in June to assess the potential costs of getting rid of the current bridge.
The AHTD owns the bridge and has said it's willing to turn it over to the two cities. If the two cities decide to assume responsibility for the bridge, they could convert it into a pedestrian and bicycle walkway while the new bridge is built nearby.
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