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Big Dam Bridge
CLIENT:
Pulaski County
ECOREGION:
Arkansas Valley
WATERSHED:
White Oak Bayou - Arkansas River

This 4225 linear foot pedestrian/bicycle bridge sitting 90 feet above the Arkansas River has become a key tourist feature for Central Arkansas. Visitors on the Arkansas River Trail have shown great interest in the plazas, which serve as gateways to the bridge, and often ask where the concrete monuments came from. This simple question triggers a “wow” response as they understand the relationship to the bridge and its structural considerations. The incorporation of the concrete monuments cut from the existing dam buttresses created a unique opportunity to directly connect the plazas back to the Murray Lock and Dam. ┬áThe reuse of potentially 168,000 pounds of construction waste along with the application of native plantings and stone represents an environmental responsibility to each visitor.