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Road Fix Not Cheap

An ill-conceived drainage design when a road was paved will soon be corrected. But, as Logan County Judge Gus Young noted last week, it will be pricey.

According to a press release issued last week, the Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Logan County, according to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials and Young.

The purpose of the project is to construct a box culvert on Country Road 515 — Lyle Chapel Road. The road is located just south of Mid Valley Road, west of Booneville.

“We’re fixing a problem that was created when the road was built,” Young said last week. “What was put in was acting like a dam.”

Water was backing up onto the property of one resident and, in the case of heavy rains, has caused flooding of the resident’s carport and home, Young said.

“He’s been patient with us, but fixing it won’t be cheap,” Young added.

Hardrock Construction, Inc. of Russellville, AR was awarded the contract at $268,412.04. In essence, the project will entail tearing out the current design, lowering the road and installing the box culvert, Young said.

The county road project is funded through the State Aid Road Program established by the legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. This Program provides approximately $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing on the county road system.

Young said the cost of the project essentially exhausts the county’s turnback funds for the year.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, and should be complete by this fall.

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