War Eagle Bridge Construction Underway

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- The restoration work on the historic War Eagle Bridge in Benton County may be done sooner than expected.

Last night (Jan. 21) the county moved on to the second phase of the repairs proposal. The engineering company will now design plans for the bridge.

However, a lot of people living around the bridge hope that it will stay open through the spring craft fair and then again in October.

Bruce Covey, who lives in the area, said that although the idea of expediting the bridge restoration sounds good,  the timing isn't ideal for the craft fairs. He said October is when the bridge sees some of the heaviest traffic because of the fairs.

The county judge said the design should take seven months and the actual construction should take another seven. The whole project will cost about $1.5 million, which will come from grants and taxes.