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County honored for War Eagle Bridge preservation


Preserve Arkansas recently recognized Benton County's work on the historic War Eagle Bridge as an example of excellence in preservation through restoration.


By Tom Sissom
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

BENTONVILLE -- Preserve Arkansas recently recognized Benton County's work on the historic War Eagle Bridge as an example of excellence in preservation through restoration.

The bridge was closed for repairs last year from May through September. The work was needed after state inspectors found critical deficiencies during an inspection in 2013. The county budgeted $1.4 million for the work, according to Brenda Guenther, comptroller. The county was awarded a $500,000 grant to reimburse some of the cost from the Transportation Alternatives Program, a federal-aid program to construct sidewalks and trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation.

The nonprofit group also recognized work on the historic 1886 Cane Hill College building in Washington County.

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