County roads 8735, 5521 get state approval for overlay project

An asphalt project on Governor’s Hill in Huntsville was completed recently by Hutchens Construction. The company will next target Madison 8735 and Madison 5521.

Overlay projects are scheduled to start in a few weeks at two locations in Madison County.

The Arkansas State Highway Commission recently approved a $429,310.11 bid from Hutchens Construction Co. of Cassville, Mo., according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

The project will overlay 2.1 miles of asphalt on Smyrna Road or Madison 8735, according to Lanny McConnell, road foreman with the Madison County Road and Bridge Department.

The project will begin at U.S. 412 and will stop at Madison 8520.

The other project will overlay .6 miles of Aurora Park Road or Madison 5551, beginning at Highway 23, McConnell said.

According to a news release from ARDOT, “construction  is  scheduled  to  begin  in  two  to  four  weeks,  weather  permitting.    Completion  is  expected in mid 2019.”

Hutchens recently did an overlay project on Governor’s Hill in Huntsville. The company received a state bid of $300,544.35. Huntsville received $250,000 from the state toward the project.

The 2.5-mile project included repaving of Governor Road, Crossbow, Cherry Lane and both Skyline drives, according to Public Works Director James Sisk.

“From start to finish I think they had three full days in,” Sisk said of Hutchens. “They were very professional. I thought they’d be here for a week. If it hadn’t been for the rain they would have started Monday and been finished on Wednesday.”

Tons of asphalt for the project was brought from a Hutchens facility in Sonora.

“It’ll be a good road for, I’d say, 20-25 years,” Sisk said. City crews did not work on the overlay project, but did remove pine trees in six locations where roots were damaging the roads.

Sisk said Governor Road is one of the longest streets in Huntsville.

“It was a great project. It couldn’t have happened any better,” he said.

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