This bridge is a rare surviving example of a cantilever through truss bridge in Arkansas. It is one of two similar bridges remaining on the White River, and yet both are to be demolished showing a complete disregard by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (ASHTD) to preserve this critical part of the state's transportation. Instead it will be destroyed forever. These White River Bridges are significant on a national scale as late examples of bridges designed by noted engineer Ira G. Hedrick. Hedrick was in the early 20th century briefly associated with famous engineer J.A.L. Waddell. This bridge shows work done by Hedrick on his own. Of particular interest is Hedrick's design for the suspended span. Large empty holes are visible on the suspended span end posts. These would have been used during erection of the bridge to move the suspended span into place. Also of interest are large expansion joints on the bottom chord at the end of the suspended span. This is an unusual design detail not found on similar bridges designed by other engineers.
This bridge's significance is further enhanced by the fact that it enjoys outstanding historic integrity with no major alterations. Unaltered cantilever truss bridges of this size are rare nationwide.
This iconic bridge was bypassed by a modern bridge on completely different alignment some distance away. It is now closed. Local residents have fought hard to keep this bridge standing. The bridge is not in the way of anything and remains in great condition. There is every reason for this bridge to be left standing. However the ASHTD refuses to allow this small town the dignity of retaining its beautiful iconic historic landmark. The loss of this iconic bridge combined with the alignment of the new bridge will reduce Clarendon to a largely ignored town that most people will speed by.
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