An Historic Bridge Reopens and a Park Temporarily Closes

Jill M. Rohrbach 

The century-old, one-lane War Eagle Bridge will reopen to traffic on Friday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In late June, the bridge closed to undergo a significant restoration process to structurally reinforce it. It also received a fresh coat of paint and a new layer of timber decking.

So, the bridge will be open for the upcoming arts and crafts fairs, known as War Eagle Weekend, and taking place this year on Oct. 14-17.

The bridge was honored a few years ago by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an essential part of the experience of visiting War Eagle Creek andWar Eagle Mill. Since 1832, the mill has ground fresh, organic, whole grain goodness daily.

Put a visit to this area on your Must-Do List.

Now news on another temporary closing. I received a press release from The Army Corps of Engineers that it will temporarily close the Norfork River boat launch ramp in Quarry Park below the Norfork Dam for repairs beginning Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday Oct. 23, baring weather delays.

According to the press release, “There may be other short term closures within the campground for paving.

“River access for wade fishing at Quarry Park will also be impacted. A marked walkway from the upper parking area to the river near the mouth of Dry Run Creek, adjacent to the launch area entrance road will be provided for access.

“An alternative public boat launch access, operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, is located at the confluence of the Norfork and White Rivers within the city of Norfork. Another fishing location is the Bill Ackerman walk-in-handicap access on the Norfork River, one mile up River Ridge Road.

The repair work will affect the entire lower parking area, launch ramp and entrance road. All other park facilities will remain open.”

It may be an inconvenience, just as the closing of War Eagle Bridge most certainly way, but the end result, a much needed reconstruction of the access road and parking lot area at Quarry Park, will be worth it.

If you have questions for the Corps, call the Corps’ Mountain Home Project Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 870-425-2700 or visit the office at 324 West Seventh Street in Mountain Home.

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