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May
20
White Bluff Bridge Replacement Timeline

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.

8/20/2019 R.O.W. Documents mailed to ARDOT State Aid Division
3/05/2020 Certificate of concurrence was sent to ARDOT awarding SILCO the low bid
4/09/2020 County contracted Fort Smith Utilities about moving water line
4/20/2020 County contacted AOG about moving gas line
4/21/2020 County met with AOG Onsite
4/24/2020  Pre-Con for gas line relocation
5/05/2020 County spoke to AT&T about installing temporary phone line across creek
7/07/2020 AOG Began relocating gas line
8/10/2020 Notified that water line had been bored under creek
8/18/2020  County advised ARDOT that utilities had been moved
9/30/2020 ARDOT Sent email that SILCO had planned to start this week but were rained out
10/20/2020 Email from ARDOT SILCO is under quarantine
11/30/2020  Email from ARDOT SILCO is under quarantine again
2/14/2021 Bridge demolition begins
4/01/2021 Landowner calls County concerning drainage issue with bridge project
4/02/2021  County halted work until drainage issue could be resolved
4/05/2021  County Emailed ARDOT to see if it was possible to take an entire section out of the project to address drainage issue   
5/19/2021 Road Department delivered last of the RCP Culverts
05/24/2021 SILCO has informed the County they will start laying RCP Tuesday 5/25/2021
6/14/2021 Work begins

 

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

 

 

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES


Fort Smith Court House
35 South 6 St.
Fort Smith, AR

Justice Building
901 South B St.
Fort Smith, AR

Greenwood Courthouse
11 Town Square
Greenwood, AR 72936

Sheriff Department
800 South A Street
Fort Smith, AR  72901

 

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