A bridge to the bridge | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A bridge to the bridge

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 1:44 PM

The city will install a footbridge in Riverfront Park tomorrow that will connect the pathway through Riverfront Park with the Junction Bridge from the La Petite Roche plaza, spokesperson Scott Carter has announced.

The plaza is the $650,000 construction project that has closed access to the Junction Bridge. It was meant to expose for tourists what was left of the original little rock for which the city was named but ... uh oh ... none was left. A bit of rock on a pedestal will have to do. On Wednesday, May 6 beginning at 9am, a new 70 feet long, 14 feet wide, 38,000 pound footbridge will be installed in Riverfront Park. It will be at the north side of Riverfront Park and the SOUTH end of the Junction Bridge.

The bridge will be delivered between 9am and 10am.

From 10am to 2pm, the bridge will be put into place.

It will be lifted from the tractor trailer bed and put in place by a crane that weighs 260,000 pounds.

Once in place and properly secured, the bridge will connect Riverfront Park with the Junction Bridge and will span the new La Petite Roche plaza that is being developed around Little Rock’s landmark namesake.

The bridge will be known as the Riverfest Bridge in recognition of Riverfest, Inc.’s financial support of the La Petite Roche project.

The new Riverfest Bridge will be open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in time for Riverfest on May 22, 2009.

Once it is opened, Riverfest Bridge will remain open throughout the rest of the improvements to the La Petite Roche plaza.

The La Petite Roche plaza is scheduled for a dedication in October 2009.

Unless there is lightning, the installation should proceed regardless of weather conditions.

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