Pulaski County’s judge and the mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock have agreed upon a proposal to replace the Broadway Bridge.
According to a letter written Monday to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department,local officials have agreed upon a twin-inclined arch bridge to replace the Broadway Bridge.
"The use of an arch truss has historically provided an important function in bridge construction," wrote Judge Buddy Villines, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays. "It enables the bridge to have longer spans, which means fewer piers in the water. Water craft of all types have safer movement: Fewer piers mean fewer river obstructions, and fewer places for collisions with piers that could damage the bridge, and less impact to the flood ways of the Arkansas River."
The letter continues that the Broadway Bridge has and should both reflect the history and future of the community.
"We have talked about the significance of the six bridges across the river," reads the letter. "We even refer to the downtown urban area as the Six Bridges District. Four of those bridges utilize an arch truss, as a key part of their structure. Indeed, the first bridge dedicated to automobile traffic, the Pulaski County Free Bridge, was an arch truss bridge."
The letter adds, "Finally, and significantly, by working together with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the bridge can be built without a local tax increase."