"The graceful arches of the structure seem to fit in with the natural green contours of the surrounding mountains. Standing high on one of the nearby hills and looking down toward the bridge, it looks as if it grew, and was not put there by the hands of man..."
- Editorial in the Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home, Arkansas, 1930
When this 1,850-foot concrete-arch highway bridge was built on the White River in a remote region of northern Arkansas - prior to the construction of upriver, flood-control dams - flash floods occurred frequently, sometimes causing the water to rise as much as one foot per hour. Construction under these conditions presented a clear danger, so project managers specified both a design and an innovative construction method appropriate to the problem of building across a perilous stretch of unpredictable river.
All materials for the bridge's construction were carried into place by a cable system suspended across the river. The bridge itself was built from a design that called for pre-assembled, latticed-steel ribs - fabricated on shore - that served as both structural reinforcement and as the formwork for pouring concrete, thus minimizing the amount of work that needed to be accomplished over the flowing river.