Tyronza River bridge construction complete
by: Amanda Harris
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in conjunction with Poinsett County secured federal funds in the form of a grant, which went to rebuilding the bridge on Blansett Road near Tyronza. The old bridge in the same location was considered by many to be the worst bridge, by far, in the county.
The grant money totaled approximately $850,000, while the county supplied about $17,000 or percent of the cost for the construction of the new bridge.
The bridge stretches 255 feet and four inches across the Tyronza River.
The grant process began in 1997, with the filling out of the application and other necessary steps. The actually building of the bridge took about a year.
The bridge was in great need of replacement. According to Poinsett County Judge Bill Craft, there were several people that were afraid to even drive over it.
Mississippi County road crews were actually taking care of the gravel road on the east side of the bridge until the bridge project was completed because Poinsett County road crews were skittish about driving their large work trucks over it. (A special thanks to Mississippi County Judge Shannon Langston for her cooperation.
Right of ways on both side of the bridge had to be widened. The owners of the land, E. Ritter on the west side and Dick Tramell on the east side, donated their land to the county for the right of ways. Craft and the county are appreciative to them as well.