This bridge replacement is a State-Aid Project designed by ARDOT engineers. The bridge was posted at 6-ton load capacity, was unsafe for heavy vehicles including school buses and fire trucks.
||R.O.W. Documents mailed to ARDOT State Aid Division
||Certificate of concurrence was sent to ARDOT awarding SILCO the low bid
||County contracted Fort Smith Utilities about moving water line
||County contacted AOG about moving gas line
||County met with AOG Onsite
||Pre-Con for gas line relocation
||County spoke to AT&T about installing temporary phone line across creek
||AOG Began relocating gas line
||Notified that water line had been bored under creek
||County advised ARDOT that utilities had been moved
||ARDOT Sent email that SILCO had planned to start this week but were rained out
||Email from ARDOT SILCO is under quarantine
||Email from ARDOT SILCO is under quarantine again
||Bridge demolition begins
||Landowner calls County concerning drainage issue with bridge project
||County halted work until drainage issue could be resolved
||County Emailed ARDOT to see if it was possible to take an entire section out of the project to address drainage issue
||Road Department delivered last of the RCP Culverts
||SILCO has informed the County they will start laying RCP Tuesday 5/25/2021
From this point the County had been granted permission to take the northern end of the project out of the job. This would allow the ditch not to change as much.
SILCO began working on the south end of the project and discovered that the utilities still were in the project site and that the plans for ARDOT needed to be reviewed, for the project to go as planned, and that the utilities would have to be moved again. Moving the utilities was not what anyone wanted. The County presented ARDOT with a proposal to have the ditch run underground as opposed to open ditch.
It took ARDOT a couple weeks to approve the change. When approved by ARDOT the County ordered the pipe from Schurlock and had it delivered to the bridge replacement site.
The bridge load rating was so low that an unloaded pickup truck was the heaviest load that was supposed to be going over it. School buses, dump trucks, delivery trucks, fire trucks did not need to use the bridge.
This information will be posted on the County Website and updated as work progresses.
A completion date will be determined