Farm­ing­ton road project public meet­ing set

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - LYNN KUTTER Lynn Kutter may be reached by email at lkut­

FARM­ING­TON — The city will hold a public in­for­ma­tion meet­ing from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Farm­ing­ton High School’s Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on the de­sign plans to widen and im­prove two miles of Arkansas 170.

Any­one from the com­mu­nity is wel­come to come, view the de­sign plans, ask ques­tions and sub­mit com­ments. The cen­ter is on South Hunter Street, which is also Arkansas 170, next to Car­di­nal Arena.

The public com­ment pe­riod will re­main open through July 26.

About 50 per­cent of the project has been de­signed, ac­cord­ing to Ron Petrie, se­nior project man­ager with Garver LLC en­gi­neer­ing firm in Fayet­teville. Farm­ing­ton awarded a $650,000 con­tract to Garver to de­sign the project, with 80 per­cent paid for with fed­eral high­way money and a 20 per­cent match­ing grant from the city. Farm­ing­ton will be re­spon­si­ble for $130,000.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion to be handed out at the public meet­ing, the project will re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion, in­crease ca­pac­ity and im­prove road safety to the sur­round­ing area.

The two- mile project starts at the in­ter­sec­tion of South Hunter and Main Street in Farm­ing­ton and ends at the in­ter­sec­tion with Clyde Carnes Road. The work calls for three lanes with a con­tin­u­ous left turn­ing lane through­out the 2 miles.

Both sides of the road will have 5-foot-wide side­walks, along with curb and gut­ter and shoul­ders. A green space will be be­tween the high­way and side­walk.

The sec­tion has three 90-de­gree curves that will be flat­tened slightly, Petrie said. The sharp curves are at Wolf­dale, South­winds and Ap­pleby roads.

Petrie said Garver and city of­fi­cials looked at sev­eral op­tions on what to do about the in­ter­sec­tion of South­winds Road and South Hunter.

A traf­fic study showed the in­ter­sec­tion didn’t meet the re­quire­ments for a traf­fic sig­nal, he said.

One idea, said Petrie, was to make it a T-in­ter­sec­tion with all-way stops. It was de­cided to keep the ba­sic de­sign of the in­ter­sec­tion the same but to flat­ten the curve to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity from all di­rec­tions.

Melissa McCarville, city busi­ness man­ager, said she doesn’t be­lieve traf­fic will be much of a prob­lem at the in­ter­sec­tion on a daily ba­sis. For large school events, such as grad­u­a­tion, po­lice of­fi­cers can be used to con­trol traf­fic.

Petrie said the city can add a traf­fic sig­nal in the fu­ture if it be­comes war­ranted.

The firm’s traf­fic study for the 2 miles showed an av­er­age daily count of 2,515 ve­hi­cles for 2016. Pro­jected growth to 2036 is an av­er­age 4,629 ve­hi­cles on the road daily. The pro­jec­tion in­cludes traf­fic for the new high school, which opens this year.

Af­ter the public meet­ing, Garver’s next steps will be to sub­mit en­vi­ron­men­tal doc­u­ments to the Arkansas High­way and Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment and fin­ish the de­sign stage.

The city’s next step on the project will be to ac­quire rights of way to widen the road and move util­i­ties. The city will seek to ac­quire prop­erty on both sides of the high­way, McCarville said.

Farm­ing­ton has al­ready been ap­proved to re­ceive 2017 fed­eral money to ac­quire rights of way.

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