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2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD Dan Flowers – North Little Rock President D.B. Hill, III – Little Rock Vice President Bob Crafton – Rogers Secretary/Treasurer Harold Beaver – Rogers JoAnne Bush – Lake Village Mark Hayes – Little Rock Mark Lamberth – Batesville Clay McGeorge – Little Rock Robert Moery – Little Rock Shannon Newton – Little Rock Chris Villines – Searcy Jim Wooten – Beebe
Dan Flowers President
D.B. Hill, III Vice President
Bob Crafton Secretary/Treasurer
Harold Beaver Rogers
JoAnne Bush Lake Village
Mark Hayes Little Rock
Mark Lamberth Batesville
Clay McGeorge Little Rock
Robert Moery Little Rock
Shannon Newton Little Rock
Chris Villines Little Rock
Jim Wooten Beebe
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CONTENTS Leadership Changes ARDOT Director Scott Bennett leaving; Highway Commission promotes Lorie Tudor.
9 Remembering Tom Schueck 11 Municipal League 12 On the Road With ARDOT
Highway Commission chairman leaves lasting legacy.
City leaders hear importance of passing Issue 1.
Town hall meetings show local leaders why Issue 1 matters.
Looking Closer A rover to the rescue for culvert inspection and exploration.
20 Q&A: Paul Gillam
Established in 1987, Blue Mountain Woodworks is a father-son partnership that produces a variety of handmade products using Arkansas hardwoods. (Photo by Bill Paddack)
Artisan considers his striking handmade woodwork creations to be “functional art.”
True Grit ARDOT unveils signs commemorating a portion of Highway 22 as the True Grit Trail.
REGULAR FEATURES 3 Executive Board 5 ARDOT Update 26 Side Roads
ON THE COVER
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Lorie Tudor, ARDOT’s new director. (Photo by ARDOT/ Rusty Hubbard).
Bypass Project Cost Rises; Interchange Delayed By Jeff Della Rosa Talk Business & Politics A $25.4 million interchange project on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville won’t be ready as previously planned, and money from the project will be diverted to other highway projects in the state. Also, Missouri plans to add $7 million to the budget for its portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, which will become a part of I-49 when it is completed. On Jan. 22, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Policy Committee approved removing the interchange project from a state highway plan and updating construction costs for Missouri to complete its portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, or the Missouri-Arkansas Connector. Tim Conklin, transportation programs manager for the planning commission, said the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is working with the city of Fayetteville on plans to add an I-49 overpass to the south of the interchange at Martin Luther King Boulevard, or U.S. Highway 62. The overpass would connect 15th Street between Shiloh and Futrall drives. Garner Stoll, development services director for the city of Fayetteville, said the project is important to the mayor, but it needs to be done right. “Our solution will actually create a much better interchange,” Stoll said. “It will almost function like an interchange and a half.” Not Losing the Project Plans showed work on the project was set to start in 2021 or 2022, and the interchange was planned as a single-point urban interchange. The first of these interchanges in the state is being built at Exit 85, which spans Rogers and Bentonville. Work on another one is underway in north Bentonville for the Bella Vista Bypass. The policy committee approved removing the Fayetteville project from the plans with the hope that it would be added in the future plans. “We have been assured by ARDOT that we are not losing the project,” Conklin said. Money for the project will be diverted to four projects to rehabilitate Interstate 40 and Interstate 55 as those projects will be ready for construction
ahead of schedule, according to ARDOT. The Fayetteville project was part of ARDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for federal fiscal years 2019-2022. Money from the Interstate Rehabilitation Program was to pay for the project. In November 2011, Arkansas voters approved the program allowing ARDOT to issue up to $575 million in bonds to improve and repair existing interstates. Missouri’s Portion The policy committee also approved a plan from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) to update the construction costs for Missouri’s portion of the Bella Vista Bypass. The 4.81-mile segment of the bypass is expected to cost $70.25 million to build and design, a $7 million increase from $63 million. The project is expected to go to bid in March, and a contractor could be hired in April, Conklin said, adding that MODOT would pay the additional cost. Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. of Columbia, Mo., is building the final segments of the bypass in Arkansas over the next two years. The $102.11 million in projects include a 2.4-mile segment of the bypass, from Benton County Road 34 to the Missouri state line, and the single-point urban interchange for the bypass. The existing segments of the bypass comprise Highway 549, and the bypass will include 18.9 miles in Arkansas and Missouri. Missouri plans to complete its portion of the bypass by summer 2022. The project will be partially paid for with a $25 million federal grant the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission received in December 2018. The Arkansas projects will be part of the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program, which was paid for with a half-cent sales tax that’s set to end in 2023. Voters approved the tax in November 2012. Voters in November 2020 will determine whether to permanently extend the half-cent sales tax. This story originally ran in January as the Arkansas Transportation Report on the Talk Business and Politics website – talkbusiness.net – which covers business, politics and culture in Arkansas.
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Highway Commission Selects Tudor After Bennett Announces He’s Leaving Lorie Harris Tudor has engineer in the Planning truly worked her way up at Branch. the Arkansas Department of She held various titles in Transportation. planning, research and program Once a clerk typist, she has management, becoming been named by the Arkansas assistant chief engineer for Highway Commission as the planning in 2011. In December new director of the department. 2014, she was named deputy The commission made director and chief operating the announcement following officer. She is a registered a special meeting on Feb. professional engineer. 20. Tudor will succeed Scott Tudor is the vice chairman Bennett, who announced his of the American Association retirement from ARDOT of State Highway and effective March 20. Transportation Officials “One of the primary (AASHTO) Committee on functions of the commission Funding and Finance and is to make sure we have the was recently appointed by right leadership in place AASHTO to represent the at ARDOT,” Commission United States on the World Chairman Tom Schueck said. Road Association’s Technical Lorie Tudor “Scott Bennett has been that Committee for Finance and person for the past nine years, Procurement. Tudor was and Lorie Tudor has been at inducted into the University of his side the majority of that time. We know we’ve got Arkansas’ Academy of Civil Engineering in 2018, and the right person in Lorie to keep the agency moving was the recipient of the AASHTO’s Alfred E. Johnson forward without skipping a beat.” Achievement Award in 2019. Started in 1981 Talented Mentors “We know we’ve got the “I am both honored and Tudor began her 36year career with what was right person in Lorie to humbled by the trust that the then the Arkansas State commission has placed in me keep the agency moving Highway and Transportation to lead the department,” Tudor Department in 1981 as a forward without skipping said. “I have had many great clerk typist. She resigned mentors over the years, but a beat.” in 1995 to return to school Scott Bennett has taught me the – The late Tom Schueck, most. His strong and effective and obtained her Bachelor Highway Commission Chairman leadership has resulted in of Science in Civil Engineering Degree from many positive changes at the the University of Memphis. department. He will be greatly missed, and we wish She returned to the department in 1998 as a civil him the best as he begins this new chapter. With the 6 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2020
ARDOT Update department’s competent staff the governor’s plan in and support, I am confident that November,” Bennett said. we can continue that progress The plan that is on the as we head into the future.” general election ballot Tudor will become the would increase revenue for department’s first female needed improvements to director, and the fifth person state highways, county roads to serve in that role in the and city streets. “It has been department’s last 47 years. She exciting to work with the follows Henry Gray (15 years), governor, the commission, our Maurice Smith (six years), Dan staff and others developing Flowers (17 years) and Bennett this program. It really has (nine years). been a team effort. The Bennett’s Leadership commission and ARDOT Schueck praised Bennett leadership and staff are well for his leadership. “It’s been equipped to implement and a privilege to work with manage the program as it Scott,” he said. “He’s a great continues moving forward.” leader – he is a visionary, he’s Former Intern knowledgeable, and a great A native of Blytheville, Scott Bennett communicator. The people Bennett has been with of Arkansas have been wellARDOT for nearly 32 years. served with Scott Bennett leading the Department of He started in the Planning and Research Division Transportation.” in 1989 after four summers as an engineering intern “I’ve had a great career at ARDOT, and I’ve for ARDOT and following his graduation from the been fortunate to be a part of many success stories,” University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree Bennett said, “but it’s time for me to step down. I’ve in Civil Engineering. He also obtained a Master’s always been told ‘you’ll know when it’s time,’ and I Degree in Civil Engineering while working for believe that time has come for ARDOT. me.” Bennett is a registered “The people of professional engineer. He held Bennett was instrumental in leading the department’s efforts Arkansas have numerous engineering and to develop and implement management positions during his been well-served career, culminating with being recent voter-approved highway programs such as the 2011 with Scott Bennett named director in 2011. Interstate Rehabilitation “I’ve been fortunate to have leading the Program and the 2012 been part of a great team and Connecting Arkansas Program. Department of surrounded by so many capable He also expressed confidence and talented people throughout Transportation.” in the current ARDOT my entire career. I am indebted – The late Tom Schueck, staff’s role leading up to the to the commission, the staff and Highway Commission November 3 general election so many others who have helped Chairman where the voters will decide the me and supported me all along,” fate of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Bennett said. “Any successes I’ve long-term road and bridge funding proposal. had have been the result of the efforts of many – I “We have put together a great construction and couldn’t and didn’t do this job by myself. It’s been a maintenance program that will serve the citizens of tough decision to leave, but in my heart, I know it’s this state for decades to come if the people support the right one.” Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 7
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Remembering Tom Schueck and His Impact State Highway Commission Chairman Tom Schueck, founder and former chairman of Lexicon Fabricators and Constructors, died March 3. He was 78. Tributes and remembrances poured in from all over Arkansas. Here are just a few of them. Tom Schueck From his son, Patrick, on behalf of the family: “Tom Schueck was a force to be reckoned with – both in business and in life. A titan of the steel industry, he approached every day with determination, melding blue-collar work ethic with innovative ideas to transform a fledging small business into one of Arkansas’ largest companies. But above all, he was a public servant and philanthropist whose generous spirit helped countless Arkansans in their pursuit of the American dream. No matter where he was, Tom captivated others with his larger-than-life personality, sarcastic wit and intellect, and he will be sorely missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and all who knew him.” From Dan Flowers, president, Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Executive Board, and former director of what is now the Arkansas Department of Transportation: “Tom Schueck was an effective chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission who was supportive of the staff and employees of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department around the state. He was committed to improving the safety, condition and efficiency of the state’s highway system. Tom will certainly be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.” From Gov. Asa Hutchinson: “The state of Arkansas lost a true leader in business and public service. Tom Schueck created jobs in Arkansas. He helped build the steel industry in our
state. He was devoted to his family. He was a diligent and effective chairman of the Arkansas State Highway Commission. His blunt talk and his wry sense of humor will be missed.” From Arkansas Highway Commission Vice Chairman Robert S. Moore, Jr., on behalf of himself and fellow Commissioners Alec Farmer, Philip Taldo and Keith Gibson: “Tom Schueck was a visionary, a self-made success story. His ability as a leader is evident by the successful companies he founded, and he brought that leadership to the Commission. Tom was never short on having opinions – and he voiced them. He could be tenacious, he could be stubborn, but he coupled that with a long-term vision and goal that, quite honestly, almost always resulted in success. “Tom always described himself as a fighter – he loved to argue and debate. And as Commissioners Farmer, Taldo and Gibson will attest, we had some very ‘direct’ conversations on the Highway Commission; that’s just the nature of the job. Tom reveled in that, he wasn’t afraid to push hard to make a point. But we all knew that coming from Tom, it wasn’t personal, it was business. He had that unique ability to cuss you and buy your lunch all at the same time. “Tom will be missed in so many ways – his directness, his humor, his laugh, his leadership, his generosity, just his presence in general. He could have this gruff outward demeanor, but he was as soft as they come on the inside. Tom has left his own unique positive mark on this state, this Commission, and each of us individually. We’ll get a new Commission member, but there was only one Tom Schueck.” From ARDOT Director Scott Bennett: “On the Commission, Tom combined the intelligence of an engineer with the inquisitiveness of a schoolchild. He had a great depth of knowledge, but he never quit asking questions. Let’s just say the Commission meetings got longer once Tom became a member. But he kept all of us on our toes, constantly challenging us to make sure we were getting the best possible outcomes. “I owe a lot to Tom. My time as director coincided with his time on the Commission – we kind of came into our roles together – and it was a new experience for both of us. But I learned a lot from Tom about leadership and how to handle tough situations. Whether he did it on purpose, I don’t know, but he was a great teacher and mentor.” Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 9
GOVERNOR’S LONG TERM HIGHWAY FUNDING PLAN
It’s The People’s Transportation System –
On November 3, 2020, The People Get To Decide Arkansas’ roadways are one of the public’s largest and most important investments. As a transportation system stakeholder, we ask that you help ARDOT educate the public about what would happen if “Issue One” passes or fails. Please visit www.ardot.gov/renew for information and resources.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF “ISSUE ONE” PASSES OR FAILS,
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Arkansas Municipal League
Municipal League Hears Importance Of Passing Issue 1 The Arkansas audience through Municipal League highway revenue meeting in Little Rock in numbers, and Arkansas February attracted more Municipal League than 1,000 city leaders President Mark Hayes from around the state. talked to his audience AML made road about how this issue and bridge issues a is as significant as centerpiece of the plenary anything they will deal session on the final day with this year. of the meeting. Arkansas Good It was also a day for Roads Executive AML to hand out to its Director Joe Quinn members a new booklet urged community that shows mayors leaders to localize the Joe Quinn and others how much message they use to tell road revenue they will lose if Issue 1 fails to pass in their community about what they accomplished with November. recent road funding, and what their priorities are in ARDOT Director Scott Bennett walked the terms of how to maximize future funding.
Scott Bennett (Photos courtesy of the Arkansas Municipal League.)
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Town Hall Meetings
On the Road with ARDOT
Town Hall Meetings Show Local Leaders Why Issue 1 Matters By Joe Quinn A heavy rain is falling as community leaders hustle through the wet parking lot into the beautiful new Harrison High School. As people walk down a long hall to the meeting, many stop to marvel at the state-of-theart basketball arena. It’s a Tuesday night in January and the Arkansas Department of Transportation is holding the second of 12 scheduled town hall meetings to talk about the need for the extension of an
existing sales tax. In November, Arkansans will go to the polls and decide if they want to continue to dedicate this money to local roads and bridges. The crowd gathers in the spotless school lobby to peer at a series of maps the department has brought along. The maps convey a simple message about a complex issue; they show road and bridge improvements, as well as more than 50 major new highway
projects that are spread across all Arkansas counties. No county or community is being left out of the carefully crafted long-term plan. Issue 1 is not a new tax but an extension of an existing sales tax. Passage means $43 million in annual road money will continue to flow to counties, another $43 million will continue to go to cities and towns, and $205 million annually will continue to be allocated to ARDOT. The numbers are significant, and over 10 years they mean a lot of very real Arkansas infrastructure problems can be addressed. Improvements Cost Currently 90% of the
“We all have to do whatever we can to make roads better and bus rides safer for all the kids.” Jim Earwood (left) school bus driver for the Ozark School District.
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-Jim Earwood, Ozark School bus driver
Town Hall Meetings
funding spent on roads in Arkansas is spent on the 50% of the roads that carry 90% of the traffic. There is no community in Arkansas that isn’t worried about some aspect of road repair. Rural communities have gravel roads desperately in need of upgrades, and cities have rush hour traffic congestion that leaves tired commuters frustrated on the trip home. Farmers in the Delta have to drive huge trucks taking crops to market miles out of their way to avoid rural bridges that can no longer even handle a fully loaded school bus. But improvements, upgrades and new roads come with a cost. On average it takes 4,000 cars a day using the same road to pay the total fuel tax needed to cover maintenance on just that one road. Scott Bennett takes the stage in the
huge high school auditorium and thoughtfully walks Harrison leaders through the numbers. Bennett spent years as a highway engineer before rising to ARDOT director. He has an ability to speak in minute detail about the history of the work done on virtually any road mentioned by anyone at the town hall meeting. He listens closely to the questions
posed by the crowd and offers thoughtful, fact-based answers. Bennett wraps up by inviting comments from the crowd of more than 100 people. Towards the end of the evening, Jim Earwood makes his way to the microphone. He is a large, soft spoken man who has driven a school bus for the Ozark School District for most of the past decade. He tells Bennett and the audience, “I drive roads every single day that have bad curves. Once or twice a year I drive the kids past tractor-trailer rigs that have flipped over. A truck coming fast in the opposite lane on a curving road can be scary when you are driving a bus. We all have to do whatever we can to make roads better and bus rides safer for all the kids.” A few minutes earlier, Searcy County School Superintendent Alan Yarbrough had told the audience that his transportation
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Town Hall Meetings department drives buses 1,000 miles a day on Highway 65. Like bus driver Jim Earwood, he understands that hundreds of school districts in Arkansas need to be engaged in this critical conversation. After the educators speak, Yellville Mayor Shawn Lane comes to the microphone. Lane manages a community of 1,200 people and sits on the State Aid Street Committee, so he is familiar with the complexity of the policy and budget issues surrounding roads. He tells his neighbors that in his time in office “everything the state has said they would do for our local roads, they have done.” On to Texarkana Two nights later the rain has stopped and the ARDOT team has moved on to a large church just off the interstate in Texarkana. More than 100 people turn out and most get there early to mingle with ARDOT staff and look at the row of maps set up in the lobby.
Many questions center on the terms of where resources should be effort to extend I-49 down from spent. Fort Smith to Y City, and then on Mike Cranford is the friendly to Texarkana. The completion of and articulate Little River County I-49 has been judge. He tells Improvements, in plans since the crowd, “We President Dwight upgrades and spend $3,000 Eisenhower rolled per mile per new roads come out the original year to maintain national interstate with a cost. On a gravel road, design in the that doesn’t average it takes and 1950s. include the cost of On this 4,000 cars a day mowing the grass. night the crowd annual road using the same Our features a cross budget is $1.4 section of county road to pay the million to take judges, mayors, care of 650 miles total fuel tax members of of road so we are the General needed to cover already upside Assembly and down on the road maintenance three highway budget.” commissioners. For mayors, on just that one Highway city councils and road. Commissioner quorum courts in Robert Moore has been recognized Arkansas, this is not an abstract recently for his lifelong effort to discussion. If the sales tax is drive tourism in Arkansas. He allowed to expire in 2023, the cuts says a few words at the start of will be very real to all communities the program and gets and counties. Cranford says, the crowd to laugh. He “Everyone thinks they are already is warmly received, paying enough taxes, so I show and it’s clear how deep them that 85% of their property tax his understanding is of goes to schools and 10% goes for Arkansas and road issues. general use. That leaves only 5% When Scott Bennett is of our property tax income to take done with his presentation, care of 650 miles of roads.” he invites comments from Cranford is quick to point out the audience. As was the that he doesn’t begrudge school case two nights and 271 districts any of the funding they miles earlier in Harrison, are getting, he just wants people to the crowd understands understand that the current system that good roads are better doesn’t leave much for local road for business, driver safety, issues in a large and rural state. tourism and convenience. When the meeting ends The audience also Cranford is surrounded by people understands the failure to from the audience who have extend the sale tax means come over to tell him they like mayors and county judges how he made the case for roads will lose the meaningful and bridges. They also like his voice they have now in compelling honesty.
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Town Hall Meetings Mena, Fort Smith Next stop for the roadshow is the Rich Mountain Community College in Mena. State Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, tells the
transition from Bennett to Tudor Hot Springs will be seamless. Seven days after Fort Smith, After the informal conversations the next town hall is at a church in the lobby, the meeting moves on Highway 70 in Hot Springs. into the church where Bennett It’s been a big day for anyone briskly moves through his associated with presentation and then road and bridge For mayors, city councils issues in Arkansas. PowerPoint takes questions from the audience. and quorum courts in Scott Bennett has Scott grins when he gets to his final slide which is a Dr. Seuss quote. It that Arkansas, this is not an announced after 32 years with reads, “Unless someone like you abstract discussion. If the the department he cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” on to sales tax is allowed to isthemoving On a night when the department private sector. is starting the transition to expire in 2023, the cuts Earlier today new leadership it’s clear that Highway will be very real to all the a lot of community leaders in Commission communities and counties. spent a couple of Arkansas care a great deal about hours in executive maintaining and building roads that are safer, create jobs, drive session and emerged to announce crowd, “When I took office, I was economic development and reduce that Lori Tudor will be the next skeptical at first about ARDOT. But director. congestion. Dr. Seuss would like with time I found it to be one of how much they care about all this. Tudor will be the first woman the most effective agencies in the to run ARDOT. She is extremely country. Roads are critical to all of popular with us and ARDOT understands that.” people in and The community meeting in out of the Fort Smith is next up and the department business community turns out in and just a force to talk about why Issue 1 few hours matters. The group enthusiastically after being applauds newly appointed highway announced, a commissioner Keith Gibson who steady stream is from Fort Smith. Gibson has of wellspent his career running a phone wishers come company providing landline and up to her in broadband services to rural areas. the church He understands the communities lobby to where these audience members congratulate come from. Community leaders her. It’s are thrilled Gov. Asa Hutchinson business appointed one of their own to the as usual as commission. ARDOT staff As he has done at each stop, mingle with Scott Bennett reminds the audience people who Patrick Sullenger, Sales Manager 501-490-1535 / email@example.com that it is their road system being have come to discussed, and “you are the ones ask questions, who decide if we will continue to and it’s also make progress.” apparent the Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 15
Vote for Roads Campaign Launch
ARDOT Senior Research Engineer Chris Dailey prepares to launch the RovverX. (Photo by ARDOT/Rusty Hubbard)
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ARDOT Uses Rovers
Taking a Closer Look
Transportation Department Uses Rovers For Culvert Inspection and Exploration By David Nilles ARDOT There are thousands of culverts on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s highway system that allow water to flow from one side to the other under roadways, railroads and driveways. Those culverts come in many shapes, including round, oval, boxlike and flat-bottomed. They also are manufactured in many sizes ranging from several yards to a mere six inches. To ensure proper function and to protect against failures, ARDOT’s culverts must occasionally be inspected. Several years ago, that required department crews to enter the culverts to perform investigations. On occasion, depending on the size of the culvert, that could present challenges. Things improved for the better in 2016 with the acquisition of a culvert rover.
Introducing the Rover In the summer of 2016, the Research Section purchased a culvert inspection rover from SuperDroid Robots called the MLT-42-W. “The main advantage of using a rover is that they are safer than sending a department employee into a culvert to complete an inspection,” Senior Research Engineer Chris Dailey explained. The MLT-42-W rover setup consists of a tracked vehicle attached, via tether, to a touchscreen tablet. The tether allows the rover to inspect up to 230 feet of culvert. On top of the rover sits a camera with pan (360 degrees), tilt and zoom capabilities. The camera can record still photos as well as video. It is controlled with virtual joysticks on the tablet, which provides a Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 17
ARDOT Uses Rovers On the Job live video stream from the camera. “The culvert rovers are used by members of the The rover is powered by a lithium ion battery that allows for up to three hours of run time. The battery Research Section staff to investigate various culvert issues around the state,” Dailey said. “We have been can be recharged in less than two hours so that it can asked to inspect culverts that be used in the morning, “The new rover can record were suspected to have joint charged during lunch and then used again in the video and capture still separation and/or structural failure.” afternoon. A watertight photographs just like the chassis permits the rover In District One, the rover was used in 2016 to inspect a to be used in culverts that old rover could, but it diameter reinforced are surcharged, or full of also has the capability of 24-inch concrete pipe (RCP) along water, although the video quality is diminished if measuring crack widths State Highway 18 in Forrest the camera is underwater. A pipe failure was the and pipe diameter with City. suspected cause of settlement The MLT-42-W is 13 inches wide and 12 the lasers mounted in across the roadway but the rover successfully inspected inches tall, making it the camera head.” the length of pipe in the area able to inspect culverts – ARDOT Senior Research and found no excessively as small as 18 inches in Engineer Chris Dailey separated joints or structural diameter, provided there failures. are no obstructions in the District Three saw the rover’s most productive bottom of the pipe. trial. It was used to determine the outlet of a 24-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe (CMP) along State Highway 82 in Stamps. The first attempt at locating the outlet was unsuccessful as the rover breached the bottom of the pipe and became stuck. It had to be retrieved by a member of the Lafayette County maintenance crew. From the outlet of an adjacent 30-inch diameter RCP, the rover was able to travel upstream to find a previously undocumented wooden junction box into which the 24-inch diameter CMP flowed. The approximate location of the box was marked on the surface since the junction box did not have an access portal. Unfortunately, during retrieval of the rover, a track tread was lost, causing downtime while awaiting the arrival of a replacement. In May 2017, the rover was used in District Five to determine the condition of a culvert with deep cover. The condition data will be utilized in selecting the best method of rehabilitation, saving the cost of extensive excavation and a road closure that would otherwise be necessary if the culvert were replaced. Calling in Reinforcements Following over two years of field trials with the MLT-42, staff determined that a culvert inspection rover is a valuable tool to the department. However, Left: operated by a touchscreen tablet, ARDOT’s rover moves in for a closer look. (Photo by ARDOT/Rusty Hubbard)
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ARDOT Uses Rovers the drawbacks experienced with the MLT-42-W (unreliable track treads and a short length cable reel) proved the need for a more robust rover. In May 2019, the Research Section purchased an Envirosight RovverX. The RovverX is a three-piece system comprised of a six-wheel drive crawler, a 1,000-foot powered extend/retract cable and a control pendant. With five different size wheel sets, pipes measuring as small as six inches in diameter can be inspected. “Although the standard for the department is to not install culverts smaller than 18 inches in diameter, we have found some 12- and 16-inch diameter culverts in our investigations,” Dailey observed. “The new rover can record video and capture still photographs just like the old rover could, but it also has the capability of measuring crack widths and pipe diameter with the lasers mounted in the camera head,” he said. “Another feature of the new rover is its capability to measure distance as it traverses along a culvert. The new Envirosight RovverX can also be located from the surface with the use of a sonde locator.”
A sonde is a miniature transmitter that is battery operated and omits a specific frequency the locator can receive. The RovverX has the added ability to record inspection information in support of maintenance management reporting functions. With the addition of the RovverX to the fleet, it is safe to say that ARDOT is well prepared for the future when it comes to culvert exploration.
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Paul Gillam (above) with a number of his products at the Arkansas Craft Guild’s annual Christmas Showcase last December in Little Rock. The tray (lower left) features walnut and maple. (Photo by Bill Paddack)
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Knock on Wood Blue Mountain Woodworks Creates Handmade Products That Are Beautiful and Useful By Bill Paddack Paul Gillam calls his work “functional art.” His handmade cutting boards are striking and exquisite and certainly stand out at shows such as the Arkansas Craft Guild’s annual Christmas Showcase in Little Rock. They’re cherished and appreciated as much for their beauty as their use value. But Gillam is quick to point out that they’re also made to use and to last. “I consider my work to be functional art,” he said. “Most people say it’s too pretty to use. I try to tell them they’re made to use and there’s a lot of people who really do use them. There are a lot of chefs who use what I make. I like that people can value a piece, but also really use it. I make one-of-a-kind pieces – a lot of it with a unique twist.” Blue Mountain Woodworks Established in 1987, Blue Mountain Woodworks is a father-son partnership. It’s Gillam and his father – to some still Little Paul and Big Paul – and they create a range of products using Arkansas hardwoods. Gillam is 42, his Dad 30 years older. “Dad still helps” Gillam said. “I’ve been working here since I was a kid. We’ve been making the products we
make now since 2005.” When he’s not building cutting boards, serving trays, rolling pins, utensils, pizza peels and lazy susans at home at the Stone County community of Timbo, he’s hitting the road to shows to sell what’s he’s made. About a Show a Month Gillam packs up his Dodger Sprinter van and heads out to states like Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
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Gillam’s products feature a variety of Arkansas hardwoods, including walnut, cherry, white oak, hickory, ash, maple, aromatic red cedar, Bois D’arc, sycamore and red gum, some of which he harvests himself and then dries in his kiln. (Photo by Bill Paddack)
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Perhaps Colorado and New Mexico in the future. “I bounce around,” he said. “I can load the van with enough products to do a couple of weekends in a
row. I can get enough in to do two good shows, then I’ve got to come home and restock.” He used to do about 20 shows a year, but since his children are young, it’s about one a month these days. Gillam’s wife, Amanda, teaches fourth-grade math and science at Mountain View. Their children are Jalen, 10, and Ethan, not yet 1. Gillam and his father also build cabinets and furniture and, well, just about anything out of wood. We asked him to tell us about his work, the wood he uses and – since he’s on the road a lot – his thoughts on our highways and bridges. What native Arkansas woods do you use? And do you harvest any of the wood yourself?
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Q&A We have walnut, cherry, white oak, hickory, ash, maple and aromatic red cedar. We use some native Bois D’arc, which is also known as Osage Orange. Also sycamore and red gum. I harvest some of the walnut, cherry and white oak myself. And some hickory. I dry the wood in my own kiln. I can dry about 1,500 board feet at a time. What I can’t come up with I get from a local sawmill and I still use my kiln to dry that.
what unique pieces of wood that I can put together to make something with character. What has been your biggest challenge – or, maybe, what has been your most complex project? There are some pieces that are difficult for me to make. It can be a challenge. But applying for these art shows is probably the most difficult thing. As far as the business end of it, that’s the most challenging thing. Taking the time to get good enough pictures of my products to send them in and apply. They want high quality images and new products every year.
As you are working on a new piece, what inspires you? It depends. The best way to put it is that I just look at the woods on the floor and see what I can come up with that day. I’m always just trying to Gillam’s products feature intricate designs, including You display at various craft fairs this cherry piece with wenge lines. and shows, so I’m assuming it’s make a piece that’s different, safe to say you know Arkansas roads and highways that I haven’t made before. I set pieces of wood on pretty well. What are some highways you are on the floor, lay them out and let the wood speak to me. frequently and what are your thoughts of them? I look at the different grains of the wood. I try to see
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Q&A What safety concerns do you have on Arkansas Of course, I have to drive Highways 66 just to roads? get out of here to go anywhere. It runs from Leslie People on their cell phones! As far as the roads to Mountain View. I use Highway 65 quite a lot and themselves, they need to be widened a little. In it’s improving. Over the years they’ve widened it and Mountain View on Highway 66, made it better. they’ve done some passing lanes the Highway 14 is kind of a “I set pieces of past few years. But some curves on the disaster. When you get into Mountain View it runs to wood on the floor, roads are pretty narrow. On Highway the Happy Hollow Curve is really Newport and Marked Tree lay them out 5,dangerous and there are lots of wrecks and on to I-55. The road honestly is falling apart and and let the wood there. by the White River at Locust speak to me.” What are your favorite travel apps? Grove, they make you slow – Paul Gillam Google maps and Apple maps and down to 10 miles an hour I still carry an old-fashioned map. I because the road just keeps falling in the river. This has been an ongoing thing for use booking.com a lot – hotels, dinner, concerts. I use iPhone wallet. Also the Weather Channel and some 30 years. It’s just a bad area. other weather apps. There’s even a rest area app that The bridge on 14 at Newport is deteriorating. I’ve used quite a few times. By the way, Arkansas They’re building a new bridge there, but it is taking way too long. The old bridge is just a two-lane bridge. needs more rest stops. Go to Illinois or Minnesota or West Virginia, on the main interstates they have really As for Highway 65, the south end in South nice rest areas and facilities that are extremely well Arkansas is definitely not as well maintained as it is kept up. further north from Conway to the Missouri border.
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True Grit Trail Signs Unveiled Along Highway 22 In November, the Arkansas Department of Transportation unveiled signs commemorating a portion of State Highway 22 as the True Grit Trail. The signs are at Dardanelle and outside Fort Smith at Barling. During its 2019 session, the Arkansas General Assembly unanimously approved legislation designating the True Grit Trail in recognition of the classic novel by the late Arkansas author Charles Portis. State Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, and state Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, were sponsors of the bill. Portis’ 1968 masterpiece served as the basis for two feature films. The original movie, “True Grit,” directed by Henry Hathaway, starred John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper. The 2010 update, directed by brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, featured Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.
Greenwood Voters OK Sales Tax For Road Improvement Project
A recently erected sign at Barling marks part of Highway 22 as the True Grit Trail. (Photo by Bill Paddack)
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In December, Greenwood voters approved by a three-to-one margin a bond issue for a road project designed to help relieve Greenwood’s traffic congestion problems. The Greenwood City Council had approved an ordinance in October calling for a special election to issue bonds that would finance Greenwood’s portion of a traffic relief project between the city and the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). Voters approved both questions on the ballot. The first question, which gives the city permission to retire a 2014 police fund bond voters approved in 2013, passed 611 for to 201 against. That bond issue created a ¼-cent sales tax specifically to pay for the city’s new police station. The second issue, which extends that ¼-cent sales tax to be specifically used for the traffic relief project, passed with 617 for and 197 against. The sales tax will
Side Roads finance a 35-year bond from the 2014 bond for 35 years to generate the funds the city needs for its portion of the traffic relief project, which is $5 million, Marsh said. City officials hope the traffic relief project will spur future economic growth as well as relieve traffic congestion. The traffic relief project will be divided into two phases. The first will include one mile of new highway from the intersection of Arkansas 10 and Coker Street to the intersection of Arkansas 10 and Arkansas 96, which would then be Traffic moves along on the intersection of Arkansas Highways 10 and 96 on the east side of Greenwood. (Photo by Bill Paddack) added to the state highway system. Greenwood will assume ownership and responsibility for the portion of Arkansas 10 between Arkansas 96 and Bass Street once completed. The second phase of the project will widen about two miles of Arkansas 10 between Coker Street and U.S. 71. Greenwood would assume ownership and responsibility of the portion of Arkansas 10 between Bass Street and Elm Street and the portion of Arkansas 10 Spur between Arkansas 10 and U.S. 71 upon completion. – Talk Business & Politics
Campaign Signs Not Allowed On Highway Right of Way Candidates for political office and their supporters are reminded by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) that it is unlawful to place campaign signs on highway right of way in Arkansas. “There are several Arkansas statutes addressing encroachment and the placing of signs or other objects on highway right of way,” ARDOT Director Scott Bennett said. Only official directional, informational and/or regulatory highway signs are permitted on state-owned
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Side Roads highway property. All other signs are removed by the local area maintenance office. These statutes apply to all unauthorized signs, not just political campaign signs. Small “yard” signs that are placed on the right of way will be removed, and owners of large “billboard”type signs will be notified and given an opportunity to remove them before ARDOT does. Owners can pick up the signs during normal business hours at the nearest ARDOT area maintenance office. “The Arkansas Department of Transportation encourages everyone to keep these right-of-way rules in mind and keep the roadsides clear in order to keep our highways as safe as possible,” Bennett said.
Study: Authentic Behavior Leads to Greater Productivity FAYETTEVILLE – Matching behavior with the way you feel – in other words, not faking it – is more productive at work and leads to other benefits, according to a new study co-authored by Chris Rosen, management professor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Rosen helped design and write a study led by Allison Gabriel, associate Chris Rosen professor of management and organizations at the University of Arizona. They published their findings in the Journal of Applied Psychology. “We found that people who put forth effort to display positive emotions towards others at work – versus faking their feelings – receive higher levels of support and trust from co-workers,” Rosen said. “These people also reported significantly higher levels of progress on work goals likely due to the support they received.” Two Types of Emotion From surveys of more than 2,500 working adults in a variety of industries, including education, manufacturing, engineering and financial services, the researchers analyzed two types of emotion regulation people use at work: surface acting and deep acting. 28 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2020
Surface acting involves faking positive emotions when interacting with others in the work environment. One might be frustrated or angry on the inside, but the external appearance disguises those feelings. Deep acting involves trying to change how one feels internally. With deep acting, individuals try to feel more positively in order to be more pleasant when interacting with others. The researchers wanted to know if people regulated their emotions when interacting with co-workers, and, if so, why they chose to do this if there were no formal rules requiring them to do so. And then, what benefits, if any, did they receive from this effort? The researchers identified four types of people who regulate their emotions with co-workers. Nonactors engage in negligible levels of surface and deep acting, low actors display slightly higher surface and deep acting, deep actors exhibit the highest levels of deep acting and low levels of surface acting, and regulators display high levels of surface and deep acting. Nonactors were the smallest group in each study, and the other three groups were similar in size. Strategic Motives Regulators were driven by “impression management,” which the researchers defined as strategic motives that include gaining access to resources or looking good in front of colleagues and supervisors. Deep actors were much more likely to be motivated by “pro-social” concerns, meaning they chose to regulate their emotions with co-workers to foster positive work relationships and be courteous. Regulators – those who mixed high levels of surface and deep acting – experienced emotional exhaustion and fatigue, the researchers found, whereas deep actors – those who relied largely on deep acting – had improved well-being. Rosen holds the John H. Tyson Chair in Business Management. Additional co-authors of the study were Joel Koopman, assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University; John Arnold, doctoral student at Florida State University; and Wayne Hochwarter, professor of management at Florida State University.
ARDOT Purchases Property Near Its Little Rock Offices The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in December that the Arkansas Department of Transportation spent $1.4 million to acquire a three-
Side Roads acre property adjacent to its Little Rock headquarters. The State Highway Commission in October had signed an order authorizing the purchase “as funds become available.” The property, which previously housed a HarleyDavidson dealership, is on a frontage road near Interstate 30 and Baseline Road. A total of two parcels, the property sits across Mabelvale Pike from ARDOT’s central offices, which are mainly in a 10-story building and adjacent buildings.
Project to Reconstruct Lanes Of Interstate 55 in Jonesboro A project to begin in March will reconstruct approximately five miles of travel lanes on Interstate 555 in Jonesboro, according to ARDOT officials. The work will extend from State Highway 18 (Southwest Drive) eastward to State Highway 463 (Nettleton Avenue) and will include reconstruction of the northbound and southbound travel lanes and the resurfacing of several bridges.
Aging Pavement “This project will reconstruct pavement that was installed nearly 50 years ago,” ARDOT District Engineer Brad Smithee said. “The existing pavement on this project has been patched, ground for smoothness and had routine maintenance performed for many years. The lanes have reached a point where significant improvements just cannot be made without the needed reconstruction planned this spring. “The improvements will also include replacing the driving surfaces on the bridge decks on the main lanes,” he said. “We will also see new surface treatments installed on the overpasses at Willow Road, Red Wolf Boulevard, South Caraway Road, Harrisburg Road and Southwest Drive.” As improvements progress, motorists can expect to see lane closures and traffic shifts. Work will take place in the southbound lanes initially and then continue to the northbound lanes. Mid-2021 Completion “We are excited to see these much-needed improvements coming to Interstate 555 in Jonesboro,” ARDOT Director Scott Bennett said. “The existing northbound lanes were constructed in the early 1970s and the southbound lanes followed in the mid-1970s. The new, improved lanes will meet all interstate standards and provide decades of better travel for motorists.” Completion of the northbound lanes is expected by late 2020, followed by the southbound lanes and all work to be finished by mid-2021.
UALR Dedicates BIM Lab In Honor of AGC Arkansas The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Arkansas has donated $30,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to establish a fund to support the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab for construction management and engineering students. Dr. Christina Drale “In the 21st century design workplace, contractors, architects and Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 29
Side Roads engineers increasingly use building information modeling to collaborate over distances using virtual collaboration technology,” Chancellor Christina Drale said. “With generous support from the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas, UA Little Rock now has a state-of-the-art BIM laboratory that will let students experience a global working environment on campus and gain access to a facility that reflects current industry technology.” UALR celebrated the donation by renaming the lab the AGC of Arkansas BIM Lab during a dedication ceremony on Feb. 20. The lab, located in the Engineering Applied Technology Applied Sciences building, will help students prepare for careers in the high-tech construction industry. “AGC has a longtime history with UA Little Rock in many different facets,” said Roger Marlin, immediate past president of AGC Arkansas and CEO of Hydco, Inc. “Last year, going into my presidency, I wanted to make sure we did something that was monumental in the BIM Lab. I really thought this was an area where we could help the university. We’re doing a variety of things to entice people to our industry and to educate them on the job opportunities available in construction. Working with UA Little Rock and supporting the BIM Lab was a great way to support that effort.”
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The BIM Lab is located in the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology. The fund will be used to provide new technology and equipment for the lab. Renovating the BIM Lab has become a community project for the construction industry in Central Arkansas. Several businesses have donated materials, including CertaPro Painters of Central Arkansas, Moix Carpets and Platinum Drywall. “I have been around the program for many years and have seen the benefits it offers to students entering into the construction field,” Blake Finnell of CertaPro Painters said. Marlin believes that investing in the education of construction management and engineering students is a great decision. The construction industry is growing, and AGC Arkansas is committed to attracting quality students to the workforce. “It’s a great time for students to join the construction industry,” he said. “The job market is going to stay strong for the foreseeable future. It’s a great profession to enter. I think you’ll find that most companies that do what we do are looking to hire good people today. There’s no shortage of job openings, and there’s a lot of opportunities for men and women to get into this field.”
Around Arkansas Arkansans put in lots of miles on the road. Photos taken on some of our recent trips include outside Mountain View near the Ozark Folk Center (right), along Highway 10 near Greenwood (top) and on Highway 165-South on the way to Keo. (Photos by Bill Paddack)
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Back Talk “It is because of the infrastructure that Fort Smith became a leading manufacturing community. It is what gives me and the chamber an up on the competition when it comes to attracting more industry. Infrastructure is key to economic development.” – Fort Smith Regional Chamber of
Commerce President & CEO Tim Allen, advocating passage of Issue 1 because of the infrastructure it will support.
“It’s not anything that we’re not all already paying. It’s not a tax that’s in addition to, it’s just a tax that will continue, which helps with the roads. It’s why we’re able to take care of our roads as well as we do.”
“I – Quitman Mayor Cyndi Kerr, on Issue 1. am joining with Governor Hutchinson and announcing my support for Issue 1. Each year I travel to every corner of this great state and I know, first-hand, the problems with Arkansas roadways. It is not enough to be aware of the problem or talk about the problem. It is about funding to solve the problem. I have heard from county judges, mayors and Arkansans and I support Issue 1 because I will not rob our state of the projected $8.6 billion in economic activity it would generate over the next decade.” – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
“The 2012 sales tax allowed Northwest Arkansas to address critical infrastructure needs. Among those were the construction of six lanes along I-49, the first section of the future Springdale Northern Bypass and major funding toward the Missouri-Arkansas Connector. A continuation of the sales tax in 2020 will allow for similar projects across the state, boost opportunities for economic growth and improve connectability in Northwest Arkansas.” – Northwest Arkansas Council President & CEO Nelson Peacock Spring 2020 | Good Roads Foundation 35
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