July 22, 2015 Edition

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WR works to patch roads

Heath Davis (from left) with Greenway Equipment, Inc., presents a leaf blower donated by Greenway to the city for use in street repairs. On hand to accept the donation was Bryson Long, Johnny Stracener, Cullen Girolamo and Shannon Fisher. The blower will be used to clean out dirt and debris before filling potholes.

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge has made a recent push to repair potholes, unevenness and other road problems in the city.

The original plan focuses on downtown Walnut Ridge first, then work would begin on the road approaches around the highways. The northeast section of town would be worked on next, moving outward from Stewart Park. After that, the south side of town will be worked on starting around the school.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said the project is estimated to take up to two years to complete and could take longer. He said it has taken decades to cause the damage to the city's roads, and he has instructed the work crew to take their time in patching to ensure work is done correctly.

The method being used to patch the roads requires workers to cut out and square off potholes before they are patched. The method offers a cleaner patch and tighter seal between the old and new asphalt.

Patches have already been completed at several locations including by the Lawrence County Public Library and across from the mayor's office.

The next area of focus is along Northeast Front Street where several areas are threatening to turn to gravel. Areas are between Main Street and Stewart Park and Snapp is looking to outsource the work to Reynolds Asphalt Company, which is already in town on other jobs.

He said it will be more cost effective to hire out the job at Northeast Front Street than for the city to do the job with cold mix. Once the project at Northeast Front Street is handled, patchwork will continue around the city.

"Our patch crew is doing a great job and we have a lot more we need to do," Snapp said in an email to aldermen and news media. "To say the very least, I am proud of these guys and the quality of work they are putting forth."

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