Leaders Celebrate Pevehouse Bridge Completion

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VAN BUREN (KFSM) – First responders are rejoicing after a bridge that constantly flooded in the past is now fixed and open to traffic. This means they can get where they need to be much faster.

City leaders will be gathering to celebrate the opening of Pevehouse Bridge on Friday (Jan.22) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. This is a project that’s been in the works for quite some time.

Emergency workers were frustrated that the low water bridge which is just off Rena Road would constantly flood. While the water only stood a few feet over the creek it continued to cause emergency workers to have to go around the flooded bridge tackling on ten minutes to their drive.

Those who live and work in the area also said the constant flooding caused constant problems.

The new bridge now features steel and concrete beams. It also has been raised up twelve feet over the water way which should keep it free of any flood water in the future.

City leaders said the project cost $1 million. Most of the money came from grant money provided by FEMA. The city and county picked up the remaining costs.


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