I have only crossed this bridge one time in my life.My dad has inspected it and says it's the scariest bridge he's ever been on,and there's some pretty scary bridges in Arkansas.
Good to hear that the town has an interest in preserving it.
The Newport White river bridge is being replaced.
Construction might start as soon as 2013.
The bridge is on the national historic registry and has ben offer to be taken over by the town of Newport. The city has sent A letter expressing the intrest in taking over the bridge and turning it into A Musem and walking bridge.
This Bridge is one of three sisters similar in design over the White river. 1 Newport Ar, 2 Agusta Ar & 3 Clarendon Ar. Note the Agusta bridge has been demolished and replaced the Clarendon bridge is being replaced and it look's like the old brdge will be Demolished .This means the Newport bridge will be the last of 3 twins left over the White River.
This bridge is A pice of history ! Hopefuly It will be preserved for the future . It woukd be nice to still see it STANDING Proud! when it reaches it's 100 Birthday.
This thing scares the daylights out of me every time we have to cross it.And we do,whenever we go over to the western part of the state (Mt.View,etc) taking horses to ride somewhere.It's especially bad to go over it at night.Maybe it's just me,but,I don't like it.It's gotten to where we drive around by Diaz and past the Entergy plant just to avoid this.
We crossed the old blue bridge 01-01-09 . Yo can tell that time and weather has taken A tole on the Historic Landmark.
The Steel cantlever suports need A new coat of paint. The road bed seems to get narrower each year and needs a good layer of concreet added to it to smooth out the bumps. It has withstood 2 historic Floods the 1982 Flood and 2008 spring flood. It worries me there have been no atempts in the last 2 or 3 years to even try to keep her shored up in good condition. I am Afraid this means we will oneday loose this lanmark ! Some towns Are currently trying to get old HWY 67 Established the Rockibilly highway . Well think hard almost every one in Jackson Co at one time has crossed this bridge and is now A part of history we need to preserve it like the cotter bridge across the northern White River . Old blue deserves the same chance . I hope the politicians see this and help us before it is too late .
Remember The White River monster need's A home or bridge to live under here in Jackson Co!
I was six years of age, at the time I crossed this bridge. The year was 1968. We were going to Fort Leonardwood, MO. to visit my Aunt, who was an Army Major. We even stayed on the Army base. Dad decided to go through Newport. We crossed this bridge spanning the White River. Dad knew I was fascinated by bridges. He definately let me get a chance to see this bridge. It's a Masterpiece. Wonderfully built. I hope it stands for a long, long, long, long time.