Infrastructure

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission will seek more than 32-million dollars from a federal transportation fund to help finish a stretch of Interstate 49 across a state line.

On a recent summer afternoon, workers and trucks buzzed in and out of a pump station under construction in DeValls Bluff.  Several miles away, the site of what will eventually be a 100-acre regulating reservoir is currently filled with dirt.

Already 17 years in the making, the project tends to spark cycles of controversy among those who say it’s a badly needed solution to the region’s water woes and those who say it’s too large of a financial and environmental burden.  Such woes include rapidly dwindling ground water.

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City and state officials celebrated the relocation of State Highway 162 in Alma July 11. The $9.5 million project included construction of a bridge over railroad tracks that will provide a safer route to and from the city’s high school. The new stretch of road was named Marsha Woolly Drive in honor of the longtime educator.

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What does it take to move a million-pound SWEPCO transformer from Tontitown to Siloam Springs? For starters, it takes 32 axles and about two days.

T. Dennis

For decades, Fayetteville residents have walked and driven across the Lafayette Street Overpass Bridge. But, in terms of cosmetics and structural integrity, the bridge has seen better days. City officials recently held a ceremony to commemorate the start of work to restore the bridge, and its sister bridge on Maple Street, to their former 1930s glory.

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