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Traffic back to normal on I-30 bridge after barge incident

Traffic is back to normal on the Interstate 30 bridge after a barge struck one of the bumpers protecting the bridge supports Thursday afternoon, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

PCSO Lt. Carl M. Minden said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission contacted the sheriff’s office at 4 p.m. Representatives from both agencies responded.

“One of the PCSO Water Patrol boats is currently on the water with the bridge inspectors (and Game & Fish),” Minden said in a press release at 4:45 p.m. “At this time, I am being told the barge struck one of the bumpers protecting the bridge supports and the bridge was not actually struck. The inspectors are checking the bridge thoroughly to ensure nothing is structurally wrong. I was just informed by our Communications Center that traffic on the I-30 bridge is back to normal.”

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