State to fund BV street project

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for a street improvement project in Berryville.

A press release from the commission states that the purpose of the project is to resurface 1.6 miles of roadway in Berryville. The streets being repaved are Casey Lane, Dawn Street, Freeman Avenue, Orchard Drive, Radio Drive and Smalley Street.

The release says that Hutchens Construction Company of Cassville, Mo., will be paid $277,302.02 to complete the project. Construction should begin in two to four weeks and be completed this summer.

This project is part of the State Aid City Streets Program approved by lawmakers in 2011 and voters in 2012. The program provides $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist cities with projects selected by a nine-member panel of Arkansas mayors.

Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said the city has applied to the program in past years, saying this is the first year the city has been approved. He said the money will help pave more roads than the city could on its own; the city, McKinney noted, resurfaces roads every year but never to this extent.

"We'll be doing a lot more than we normally do," McKinney said.

He added that the state funding will free up money for other projects in the city that require more than yearly maintenance.

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