Committee approves $1.124 million worth of street and drainage projects

Benton City Council's Street and Drainage Committee has approved $1.124 million worth of improvement projects.

This action, which does not require full council approval, occurred during a committee meeting Tuesday.

Two street projects and three drainage projects will be funded, the committee decided.

The street projects that will be completed are Christy Acres Outlet, estimated to cost $180,000, and Longview Road, estimated to cost $452,000.

The drainage projects that will be completed are at Overview, estimated to cost $100,000; Pamela, estimated to cost $142,000; and Princeton/Montclair, estimated to cost $250,000.

Two street projects did not receive approval from the panel. A project at Algood/Hoover was set aside due to the cost estimate of $740,000.
Additionally, Mayor David Mattingly stated that he has sent a letter to the Benton School Board asking the school district to share the cost of the project.

The mayor pointed out that the construction project would be beneficial to the school, improving the roads and congestion during peak arrival and dismissal times, as well as improving traffic flow near the district's athletic complex.

The committee's decision on the project is pending on a response from the school board.

The other project that was not approved at the meeting was a section on Arkansas 35/Reed Street to Stewart Street, estimated to cost $2.75 million.

Mattingly recommended that the project be engineered to see if it could be broken down into phases to spread out the total cost. The committee agreed with the mayor and will make a decision later.
Because funding for the approved projects already is available in the street and drainage fund, further approval from the council is not required.