Arkansas Business

Broadway Bridge | A River's Eye View

I was asked to photograph the Broadway Bridge construction project by Arkansas Business. The current bridge, nearly a century old, will close to all traffic for up to six months while the new bridge is installed. The new bridge which is being built by Kansas City-based Massman Construction Co., is being built in sections. Many drivers only get to see the construction of the bridge as they commute over the current bridge, the Main Street Bridge to the east or other outlets.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

The Broadway Bridge has been under construction for the last 18 months by Kansas City-based Massman Construction Co. Once closed the installation of the new bridge will take 180 days.

I spent a very hot afternoon on a steel barge in the middle of the Arkansas River to get a unique view of this long overdue project.

Recent Executive Portraits | Arkansas Portrait Photographer

This is a very sad photo to see.

In September, I photographed Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth for Arkansas Business in front a pile of rubble. Literally, it's a pile of rubble. Today it still stands. And it will likely be there for months to come.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the article, "The city of Pine Bluff debated for months about what to do with the rubble from the privately owned buildings that collapsed in downtown earlier this year. Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said the owners of the buildings were willing to walk away from the properties instead of paying to remove the debris that had spilled into the street."

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

So the debris sits. And sits. And it's a very sad sight.

When I first moved to Arkansas in 1996, I moved to Pine Bluff. The daily newspaper, the Pine Bluff Commercial, was my first full-time photography job out of college. When it came to the ins and outs of the daily grind of a newspaper, I learned more in three months on the job than three years in college photojournalism. And I don't regret one single bit of it. I met many wonderful people, friends and reporters in that time. Many of which I still see and work with today.

But in the nearly 20 years that has passed since I first drove into Pine Bluff, things have changed. And not for the better. Over the years, Pine Bluff has seen a slow and steady decline in population and signs of urban decay is more common.

And it's very sad to see. Because when you look closely, you can see signs of the beauty in the architecture of what once was.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

Recent Executive Portraits | Gretchen Hall | Arkansas Portrait Photographer

I recently photographed Gretchen Hall, the president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau for a story on the upcoming demolition and replacement of the Broadway Street Bridge.

 Gretchen Hall, the president and CEO of the LRCVB