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Should we restore historic bridges like this one?

We certainly have a great number of historic bridges in this country but how do we decide which ones to restore? Public outcry? Proactive militant bridge engineers? Flip a coin?

I always wondered why some bridges got the works and others were replaced with a new model? Do you think this one will get restored?

Link to newspaper story.

City officials have scheduled a public meeting to review and discuss plans to restore two historic bridges in downtown Fayetteville.

The drop-in style meeting will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 inside room 111 of the City Administration Building, 113 W. Mountain Street.

The bridges, on Lafayette Street and Maple Street, cross over the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad tracks between West and Arkansas avenues.

Built in the mid-1930s through New Deal-era Works Progress Administration, the bridges are the only two pieces of city property on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bent and rusted railings, chipped concrete and broken lights are some of the aesthetic problems set to be addressed. Aside from cosmetic repairs, proposed plans include widened sidewalks and full replacement of at least one bridge deck and retaining wall.