Closing Date For Broadway Bridge Set For September 28

Aug 25, 2016

The Broadway Bridge, as seen in February when cranes were being set up alongside it.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas highway officials say the nearly 94-year-old bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock will close Sept. 28 as crews demolish the span and work on its replacement.

The Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday announced the Broadway Bridge will close at 10 a.m. that day to traffic for the last time since it opened on Christmas Day 1922. The state said it expects the span's $98 million replacement to open to traffic within six months of the bridge's closure.

About 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. The bridge connects the cities' downtowns and is among 785 state highway bridges considered "structurally deficient," though highway officials say it's safe for traffic.

The existing bridge will be demolished in stages during the closure.