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Benton Mayor addresses construction stall on Military Road

Benton Mayor David Mattingly met today with officials from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), and released the following statement regarding the progress:

I attended the meeting at the AHTD this morning regarding the ongoing undercut problem which has interrupted construction on lower Military Rd. (unsuitable soil.)  It was a productive meeting and resolved any confusion about the process we will now follow in making the necessary decisions to get us back on track.  Next week, I will meet with McClelland Engineering, our project administrative engineering group, McGeorge Inc., the contractor in charge of construction, and representatives from Metroplan to determine the most effective remedy to the undercut problem.  Once we make the decision of which technique will be used to stabilize the unsuitable soil, the change order document and other necessary documentation will be submitted to the AHTD.  Their responsibility is oversight for effective use of federal funds and to ensure compliance with AHTD standards for road construction, not to tell us what process we should use to fix the problem.  Jim McKenzie, Director of Metroplan, indicated he will support the decision made by the group to approve the $1.3 million change order that has been at the heart of the controversy.  Further, he suggested, and we all agreed, we should proceed with the understanding the project will be done in 1/3 increments and funded as required based on the conditions we find as work proceeds.   Additionally, he indicated if we would exceed the actual budgeted amount of $10 million, which was allocated for roadway construction, he would ask the Metroplan Board to help us find additional federal funding to minimize the cost impact on the city.

David Mattingly
Mayor, City of Benton

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Comment by Al Smith on January 29, 2012 at 8:34pm

I have lived here as a new citizen of your city of about 5 years and I feel that Mayor Mattingly has his heart in making this a better city than when he started.  I remember when he ran for this office ; he ran not as a polition for a future carrier, but to turn things around and I voted for him because it looked like we needed a change and \i think he has provided that.  This site has helped me to learn a little bit more about this fine community and at 71 I am glad I settled here. I enjoy politics and I am a registered independent and vote for Who \i feel is the best for our communityand nation as well and am not beholdin to  a politcal party. Thanks Shellie for making this site possible.

Comment by Harper on January 29, 2012 at 7:07pm

What is puzzling to me is the fact that this roadway had a concrete surface that lasted over 60 years across the "bad" soils without a repeated maintenance problem. It's hard to understand why a million dollars of cut and replacement is needed.

Comment by Ragingmountain on January 29, 2012 at 5:47pm

Mr. Rick:

   Yes, Mr. Munky and I DO enjoy being opinionated, and somewhat self-absorbed.  Besides, there IS no other show THAT IS BETTER  than humans trying to explain their positions on opposite sides of the issue.  Great mental exercise.  Keeps the brain in tune, and less subject to "senior moments." 

   I would also thank you for the great posting about the "Good Ol' Boy" network. In short, it IS a matter  that Saline County voters DO need to consider at election time.  One item to measure by is the number of inquiries as to "setting up shop?." Too low approval percentage does reveal an aversion to new influences., is a menu page that does feature FMS and upgrades.  The more knowledge, the better to make discriminating choices on this subject, eh?

    However, the main point is that the road way had a poor terrestrial support, the STATE did NOT require the LOCALS to supply CURRENT info on the soil composition; or is it DIS-position?  The result is a boondoggle that the TAXPAYERS will have to cover, and SOMEBODY is making a buck that they are NOT entitled to by dint of positive contribution.

   Thanks for the respite, though.




Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 1:24pm
Boy, I sure hope he teaches me about those FMS upgrades so I can stop brooding....
Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 1:23pm
hear = here

Hear, hear!
Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 1:21pm
RM - You clearly have a "reading comprehension deficiency" and if you question the great (self-proclaimed) anonymous sage of MySaline, the problem must be located between your two ears. Do not be fooled by his/her/it's tricky switch-ups of adjectives (it all depends on what your definition of the word "it" is) or by it's choice to hide behind a moniker. He/she/it does not spend countless hours here to prove (to itself) that it knows everything about everything. No! Munky spends all it's time hear as an act of pure selfless community service.
Comment by Ragingmountain on January 29, 2012 at 12:49pm

Per Munky:

" If you have ever observed the people who stop their cars in the road when they see a firetruck, instead of maintaining speed and easing over to the right, you would appreciate that a 4-lane road would be a big improvement over a 2-lane road for firetrucks that might need to pass other vehicles..."

   Just as an aside, recently in NYS, a new law took effect that clearly requires a driver to pull off to the shoulder al let emergency vehicles pass. NO DISTINCTION between I-class roads, a/o country lane.  Just, "GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!"

   The plethora of drivers that were IGNORING a social "law" as to granting the "Right Of Way" to an emergency vehicle was becoming obstructionist as some would freeze in place on the road; the idea was to let the emergency responder go around THEM.   Still, those that took the logical course were rear-ended by other drivers that simply felt they HAD an "emergency" to get to. 

   Now, all drivers are required to pull off and let fire, police, ambulance, the NG, tow trucks, and now SNOW PLOWS, to proceed unhindered. I have a bit of a problem with snow plows, though.  It would seem that depending on position, the maxim of self-preservation rules the day.

   On a city street, I'd opt to use a side street, and come in behind the plow. IF, I'm in front of the plow.

   On an I-class road, either a turn-around, or the nearest exit, a/o rest area is my refuge. To pull over to the side is to invite damage, injury, even death by snow burial; especially with a wing plow in action.

   Bottom line is that ALL states are pretty much agreed to granting the "Right Of Way" to an emergency vehicle ---- the USUAL concept includes police, fire, ambulance.   That WOULD be for the driver to pull off onto the shoulder; or as far as possible(per conditions).

   Your point as to granting the use of the PASSING LANE on an I-class road is not logical.  There is ALWAYS SOMEBODY in that lane that complicates the manoeuver.  Best to simply pull onto the shoulder, and let the responder(s?) get to their business.  Your courtesy MIGHT save the life of someone you know, eh?



Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 11:22am
I don't suppose you stopped, even for a second, to consider that maybe your writing skills could use some improvement?
Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 11:08am
Hey Munky, when will the new Honeywell FMS version 6.1 upgrade for Falcon 900 series be certified? What will the pricing and lead times be for the equipment?
Comment by Rick on January 29, 2012 at 10:54am
Brooding for days over something you posted? You honestly believe that? Wow. You must have a vivid imagination and a very high opinion of your self.

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