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Bridges near the Sunken Lands along I-555 gets much needed repairs


Bridge work along a two-mile stretch of I-555 in Poinsett County will continue for quite a while.  

Starting mid-March, 16 bridges along a two-mile span of the Interstate will undergo deck rehabilitation.  The bridges are located along the Sunken Lands, which is between Payneway and Marked Tree. 

The bridges are structurally safe, but are rough due to many potholes on the bridges.  Temporary asphalt work on the bridges has made some of the travel smoother, but a more permanent solution is coming. 

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has awarded a $12 million contract for work on the 16 bridges.  American Contracting Services will remove the top two inches of concrete on each bridge to be replaced with a new concrete overlay. 

No word how long the project will take to complete.  

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.