The Burkeville Covered Bridge in Conway was built in 1869 and it is 1 of 3 in the state and 1 of only 10 left of its kind in the country.
In 1985 the bridge was closed due to it not meeting safety standards for cars to drive on. For the following 20 years, the town worked to repair and re-open the bridge.
Over a million dollars has been spent already in renovations on the bridge funded through state and federal dollars. And now locals want it to be more than historic artifact, they want it open for use.
For many residents, they want it to open for convenience purposes. “I live on a little side street here. We get a ton of traffic that can be prevented if the bridge was open,” says Virginia Holmes.
Other locals want it open for people to enjoy. “We all like the historic value of our town and this is one of our masterpieces,” says Robert Baker.
No agreement was reached at the meeting today, but the Department of Transportation does plan to come to evaluate the bridge to determine if and when they can open.