I-30 bridge at Arkansas River reopens to traffic

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 4:33 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Interstate 30 bridge in central Arkansas has reopened to traffic after a towboat operator reported scraping a protective pier beneath the span.

Traffic was blocked in both directions Thursday afternoon at the I-30 bridge. The bridge crosses the Arkansas River and connects the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a towboat was traveling upstream when either the boat or at least one of the empty barges it was pushing scraped a pier that protects the bridge's supports.

State Police briefly halted traffic on the bridge as a precaution. Engineers inspected the bridge, which reopened less than an hour later.

The same span closed in August when a towboat traveling downstream scraped the same bridge's protectors.

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