Once the Springfield-Des Arc bridge is restored at Lake Beaverfork in Conway, the Society is ensuring that visitors understand the historical significance of one of the oldest bowstring iron truss bridges in the U.S.
FCHS has obtained a $1,958 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and a $407 grant from the Conway Community Foundation to construct signs with more information about the bridge. The signs will be a photographic print on aluminum, which allows for full-color images and text.
One sign will contain the history of the bridge, while the other sign will describe the process of preservation and relocation. A QR code will send visitors to the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge page on our FCHS website for more information.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Visitors to Beaverfork Park will have a restored iron bowstring truss bridge to enjoy sooner than later, now that the City of Conway has worked out funding problems and the long-anticipated Springfield-Des Arc Bridge restoration project has begun.
Conway made plans to purchase the 142-year-old bridge from Faulkner County back in 2015, then Continue reading
At the urging of the Faulkner County Historical Society, the City of Conway made plans to purchase the 142-year-old Springfield-Des Arc bridge from Faulkner County back in 2015, then move and restore the bridge over water at Beaverfork Park for pedestrian use.
Initially approved with a $300,000 Metroplan 80/20 grant, the project would cost Conway $60,000 for its portion of the project. However, the City was unaware of federal restrictions on that grant money requiring Conway to bid out the project, and the City had already signed a contract with Workin’ Bridges of Grinnell, Iowa to begin disassembling and moving the bridge.
Conway Mayor Tab Townsell proposed a funding switch and, once Metroplan accepted the offer Conway was able to move forward with the project. Townsell leaves office in December, 2016 to become the Director of Metroplan, which will allow Conway to switch the initial Metroplan grant funds of $240,000 (the 80% portion of the grant) to another project.
In October, the City Council approved $350,000 from Conway’s Advertising & Promotion fund to pay for the bridge restoration project; the bridge restoration work began almost immediately.
We’re nearing fall and the 142-year-old Springfield-Des Arc bridge is still falling apart over Cadron Creek off Springfield Road north of Wooster on Faulkner County’s edge with Conway County.
The City of Conway has run into snags in its already-funded project to restore and move the bridge to Beaverfork Lake for walking/bicycling. Conway announced last week it learned it must Continue reading
Conway’s City Council recently approved funding for the Springfield-Des Arc bridge, which is due to be relocated to Beaverfork Lake.
Thanks to efforts by the Faulkner County Historical Society and UCA history professor Ken Barnes Continue reading