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Two major bridges closed for historic flooding


Arkansas transportation officials have shut down two bridges due to severe flooding in the area.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation announced on Monday, May 27, that they would be shutting down the US 71B (Midland) Bridge and the I-540 Bridge over the Arkansas River in Fort Smith. The bridges are closed until further notice.

Transportation officials say that the bridges are structurally sound but that the flooded bridge approaches have necessitated the closure.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation also reports that heavy flooding has shut down several highways and interstates in the Fort Smith area, including Highways 22, 64, 96, 252, 255 and I-540.

Forecasters are predicting another four inches of rain for the already flood-devastated area this week.

You can click here to follow the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Twitter to keep up with the latest road closure information.


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