The Arkansas Army National Guard, assisted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, will decommission the Broadway Bridge (Hwy 70) in a special ceremony, Wed., Sept. 28 at 10:45 a.m.
Opened to traffic on Christmas Day 1922 and completed in 1923, the Broadway Bridge was dedicated to “Soldiers of the World War.” The opening celebration was held March 12-17, 1923, sponsored by the Little Rock Board of Commerce. The six-day event included a carnival, banquets, receptions and boat races and closed with a fireworks display and a “Grand Ball for Queens and Princesses.”
“It’s important that we honor the memory of our U.S. soldiers who fought in WWI and all U.S. wars,” State Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Lynch said. “I’m honored to take part in this one of kind ceremony that gives Arkansans the opportunity to appreciate the nearly century old bridge and its rich history.”
The decommissioning ceremony will be preceded by speakers Arkansas Highway and Transportation Director, Scott Bennett; Pulaski County Judge, Barry Hyde; City of Little Rock Vice Mayor, Lance Hines; City of North Little Rock Mayor, Joe Smith; and a representative of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. The event will close with a procession of Arkansas State Highway Commissioners, recreating the 1922 opening.