New War Eagle Bridge Restrictions
The beloved War Eagle Bridge is aging, quickly. In an effort to slow the deterioration process until repairs or replacement can be done, the Benton County Road Department and Arkansas Highway & Transportation Division have put out the following restrictions in regards to traffic crossing the bridge. Please be aware that these are being very strictly enforced. Plan ahead for any adjustments to your normal travel.

  • No vehicles weighing more than 3 tons will be allowed to cross the bridge. 
    • To put that in perspective, that is barely more than a Chevy Tahoe with 4 passengers.
  • No vehicles pulling trailers will be allowed to cross.
  • No box trucks.
  • Only one vehicle will be allowed to cross at a time.
  • Pedestrian traffic will also be closely monitored and a limited number of people will be allowed on the bridge at a time.
These restrictions and precautions will cause delays.  In order to minimize the delays, we are recommending that all visitors plan to not drive across the bridge.  Parking on the side of the river where you arrive will significantly cut the traffic delays.

The War Eagle Fair provides traffic controls with assistance from the Benton County Sheriff's Office and parking assistance on the west side of the War Eagle River only.  There is a $3 fee for parking which is collected when you exit the parking lot.  This allows us to get vehicles off of the road in a more timely fashion, avoiding traffic back ups as much as possible.

Our organization is not responsible for and not involved in the events on the east side of the river.  The War Eagle Mill, to our knowledge, provides no parking for visitors, as they utilize their entire parking area for their vendors.  The Sharp Show does provide parking, located across from the Mill area and in the field behind their event.  In years past, they have collected parking fees upon arrival.  This process does cause traffic to back up on the road leading in to War Eagle and sometimes on to Highway 12.  

We highly recommend arriving to the War Eagle Fair from the direction of Highway 412.  The traffic flows better in and out of this direction, leaving you with more time to enjoy your visit to the Fair.  If you arrive from Highway 12, please be aware that traffic moves slower from this direction.  Whichever direction you decide to enter from, please consider parking on that side of the river in order to minimize the traffic delays caused by the new bridge restrictions and precautions.

Please see this post for directions to the War Eagle River Valley.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us via email ( or phone 479-789-5398.


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