November 23, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas highway department says the Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River in Little Rock has reopened to traffic after at least one barge scraped the bridge's fender.
Traffic was blocked in both directions Thursday afternoon at the I-30 bridge. The span connects the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock.
The U.S. Coast Guard said a towboat was traveling upstream when at least one of its eight empty barges 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 Thursday afternoon.
The same span plus two other bridges in the area closed in August when a tow boat traveling downstream scraped the same side of the bridge protectors.