September 19, 2007 Edition

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WR City Council passes
resolution regarding bridge

During the regular meeting on Sept. 11, the Walnut Ridge City Council expressed concerns regarding the structural deficiency of the U.S. 63 bridge over Black River at Black Rock.

Aldermen passed a resolution which notes that the bridge has been designated as deficient, and because "U.S. Highway 63 is a major thoroughfare for interstate traffic from Memphis to Kansas City, as well as citizens of Lawrence County traveling from the eastern side of the county to the west ... the council petitions for the support of its United States Congressional delegates to take necessary action, including, but not limited to, appropriate legislation for the repair or replacement ... before a catastrophe occurs similar to the collapse of the Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis."

Councilmen also passed a resolution concerning the U.S. Highway 67 corridor, which petitions for the congressional delegates to declare the corridor from Walnut Ridge to Missouri a high priority corridor.

The resolution also asks that the four-lane U.S. Highway 67 be connected to Interstate 30 in a timely manner "to provide a vital developmental link in the Delta region of Arkansas and all of middle America."

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