GOOD ROADS The Magazine of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation
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Passage of Issue 1 Funds Road Work For Years to Come
, s n o i t a l u t a r g n ! Co S A S N A ARK Passing Issue 1 to extend the financial support for Arkansas roads and bridges now enables ARDOT and the Arkansas Highway Commission to continue the splendid work they do to maintain and expand the Arkansas highway system. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, leaders of the Arkansas General Assembly and the voters of Arkansas are to be commended for their vision. Arkansas agriculture, tourism, transportation, manufacturing, health care and education will benefit for years to come. Well done, Arkansas!
Curt Green President
Gard Wayt Executive Director
The I-49 International Coalition is composed of 100-plus cities, counties, chambers of commerce, associations, businesses and individuals throughout Mid-America, dedicated to completing I-49. The completed I-49 will connect with I-29, creating a 1,700-mile International Trade Corridor from Canada through the heart of America to the ports of the Gulf Coast – and to Central/South America and points worldwide through the Panama Canal. Along the way, this North-South Interstate Corridor will intersect with 9 existing East-West Interstate highways to form a comprehensive transportation grid that will enhance the movement of food, goods, energy and people to and from anywhere in Mid-America and the rest of the world. That’s why we are named the I-49 International Coalition, and we welcome additional members who share our interests. Contact Gard Wayt, Executive Director, at (318) 207-1292 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is www.Interstate49.org. 2 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
2021 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 Robert S. Moore, Jr. – Arkansas City 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
ARKANSAS GOOD ROADS FOUNDATION The Arkansas Good Roads/ Transportation Council was established in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt and tax-deductible organization. In 2015, the council was re-established as a foundation in order to be a more visible and credible voice on behalf of the mission of the Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas Department of Transportation. The purpose of the foundation is to promote adequate funding and financing for the planning, development, construction, and maintenance of a safe and efficient highway, street, road, and bridge system, including transportation enhancements. The work increases statewide economic growth, private sector job creation and retention, and improves the quality of life in all Arkansas counties, municipalities, and communities.
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ARDOT has announced the award recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreational Trails Program.
The Highway Commission issued a statement regarding the state Supreme Court’s decision on use of a ½-cent sales tax.
A big thank you to all who came together to help in the passage of Issue 1.
Batesville-based Atlas Asphalt has been providing Arkansas with quality road construction, ready-mix concrete and crushed stone products since 1968.
Johnny Cash at Folsom
A photography exhibition celebrating the singer’s legendary concerts at Folsom Prison is on exhibit at his boyhood home at Dyess.
22 Telling the Arkansas Story
AEDC’s Clint O’Neal tells economic development prospects to “listen to the business leaders who have found success here.”
Correction: The photo on the Fall 2020 cover of Good Roads magazine was credited incorrectly. The picture of Arkansas
Highway Police Chief Jay Thompson was taken by photographer John David Pittman for the Arkansas Trucking Association. We regret the error. For photography needs, Pittman, a freelance commercial/editorial photographer based in Little Rock, can be reached at johndavidpittman.com.
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A construction worker rigs a steel beam to be lifted by a crane during work to replace the White River Bridge on I-40 in Prairie County. (Photo by ARDOT/Rusty Hubbard)
The Broadway Bridge that connects Little Rock and North Little Rock has been designated as the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The original Broadway Bridge cost $971,000 to build in 1922 and was dedicated to veterans of World War I in 1923. After 90 years of useful service it was closed to traffic on Sept. 28, 2016, and decommissioned. The new bridge was built by Kansas City-based Massman Construction Co. to the tune of $98.4 million and was reopened to traffic on March 1, 2017. The new Veterans Memorial Bridge was officially dedicated in honor of all veterans on April 6, 2017, and a sign was unveiled in October 2020. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism)
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TAP & RTP
Award Recipients Announced for Two ARDOT Programs ARDOT in November announced the award recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for 2020. TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized forms of transportation. It was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. It is a reimbursement-type grant program that provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent local match from eligible applicants. Under the program, eligible projects can include construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities that include sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure. Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails is also eligible. RTP is funded through a portion of TAP funds set aside specifically for recreational trails. These funds are eligible for maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, and construction of new trails. In accordance with federal guidelines, the funding allocated for these programs cannot be utilized for highway construction. For 2020, a total of 78 TAP applications ($22.8 million) were received and 43 projects were awarded for $8.9 million. A total of 34 RTP applications ($9.3 million) were received and 12 RTP projects were awarded for $1.2 million. 6 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
TAP 2020 Awarded Projects Listed by county, the following are the sponsor, project name and federal funding award for the recipients: Benton County City of Bentonville, Trail at I-49/Hwy. 549 Interchange, $500,000. City of Rogers, Hudson Road Pedestrian Improvements, $250,000. Carroll County City of Berryville, Berryville Square to Community Center Trail, $100,000. Clark County Dawson Education Cooperative, Sidewalk Expansion, $150,000. Cleburne County City of Quitman, Sidewalks, Phase 4, $229,000. Columbia County City of McNeil, City Hall Pedestrian Improvements, $37,000. Craighead County City of Bono, College Street Sidewalks, Phase 4, $338,000. City of Jonesboro, Washington Connection Trail, $415,000. City of Monette, Monette Safe Routes to School, $86,000. Desha County Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Delta Heritage Trail: Arkansas River “Yancopin” Bridge, $500,000. Drew County City of Monticello, Sidewalks 2020, $200,000. Faulkner County City of Greenbrier, Highway 25 Sidewalks, $392,000. University of Central Arkansas, Stone Dam Creek Pedestrian Bridge, $173,000. Garland County City of Hot Springs, Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail, Phase 6C, $100,000. Grant County City of Sheridan, Walking Paths, Phase 2, $400,000. Greene County City of Paragould, 8 Mile Creek Trail, Phase 3, $250,000. Jackson County Arkansas State University-Newport, Memorial Trail, $162,000.
ARDOT Little River County City of Ashdown, Locust Street Sidewalks, $256,000. Little River County Courthouse, Annex Sidewalks, $126,000. Logan County City of Paris, Sidewalk Improvements and Extension, $157,000. Madison County City of Huntsville, Sidewalk Project 2020, $200,000. Marion County City of Bull Shoals, Highway 178 Sidewalks, $250,000. Miller County Miller County, County Courthouse Sidewalks, $92,000. Ouachita County City of Bearden, City Sidewalks, $79,000. Phillips County Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Delta Heritage Trail: Mellwood - Snow Lake, $500,000. Pike County City of Glenwood, Broadway/Highway 70/ Tennessee Street Sidewalks, $150,000. City of Murfreesboro, N. Washington Street Sidewalks and Safety Improvements, $334,000. Pope County City of Russellville, Schoolhouse Trail, Phase 2, $250,000. Pulaski County City of Jacksonville, Military Road Sidewalks, Phase 2, $150,000. City of North Little Rock, Recycle Bikes for Kids, $16,000. Shorter College, Shorter College Streetscape, $150,000. Saline County City of Benton, Smithers Drive Sidewalk, $125,000. Saline County, Southwest Trail: Saline Crossing Trailhead, $226,000. Sebastian County City of Greenwood, Highway 10 Spur Sidewalk Improvements, Phase 2, $250,000. St. Francis County City of Forrest City, Stuart Park Nature Trail, Phase 2, $86,000.
Union County City of Norphlet, W. Padgett Street Sidewalks, $105,000. City of Smackover, 7th and 8th Streets Sidewalks, $204,000. Washington County Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Devil’s Den Shared-Use Pathway and CCC Bridge, Phase 2, $189,000. City of Springdale, Watkins Avenue Pedestrian/ Bicycle Crossing I-49, $250,000. White County City of Pangburn, Highway 16 and Highway 110, Sidewalk Improvements, $129,000. City of Searcy, Sidewalks to Riverview School, $70,000. White County City of Searcy, Sidewalks to Searcy High School, $74,000. Yell County City of Dardanelle, Front Street Enhancements, Phase 3, $150,000. RTP 2020 Awarded Projects Listed by county, the following are the sponsor, project name and federal funding award for the recipients: Baxter County City of Lakeview City, Park Walking Trail Improvements, $23,000. Drew County City of Monticello, Lake Monticello Trail, Phase 1, $150,000. Faulkner County City of Conway, Stone Dam Creek Trail, Phase 2, $150,000.
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ARDOT Prairie County City of Des Arc, Des Arc Trail Rehabilitation, $50,000. Pulaski County City of Little Rock, Allsopp Park N. Mountain Bike Multi-Use Trails, $150,000. City of North Little Rock, Ott Park Off-Road Trail Improvements, $105,000. Pulaski County, Southwest Trail: Chicot RoadGeyer Springs Road, $150,000. The Nature Conservancy, Ranch North Woods Flatwoods to Prairie Loop, $184,000. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Coleman Creek Greenway Extension, $76,000. Sharp County City of Cherokee Village, Tohi Trail Expansion, $32,000. Washington County City of Fayetteville, Lake Fayetteville Razorback Greenway Improvements, $150,000. Woodruff County Arkansas Watertrails Partnership, Barred Owl Roost Camping Platform, $21,000.
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Commission Issues Statement on Court Ruling Impacting 30 Crossing program of state highway widening projects, known as the Connecting Arkansas Program. The Connecting Arkansas Program that was promised to voters in 2012 is creating safe connections to dozens of communities across our State. The delivery of these projects is ahead of schedule. The AHC and ARDOT have worked diligently to fulfill these promises. Integral Part of Program The 30 Crossing project is an integral part of the Connecting Arkansas Program as a central connector in our overall vision for Arkansas that was promised In Little Rock and North Little Rock, work continues on the 30 Crossing project, which is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas in 2012. Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock is the highest volume corridor Program. (ARDOT Photo by Rusty Hubbard) in the state with 120,000 vehicles per day. The design Editor’s Note: Last fall, the state Supreme Court was based on many community meetings and public ruled that the Arkansas Department of Transportation hearings over an 18-month period conducted by cannot use money collected via a ½-cent sales tax for ARDOT, and was the result of much negotiation and projects beyond four-lane roadways. This includes the compromise. Interstate 30 project in Little Rock and North Little The work includes the replacement of the Arkansas Rock, known as 30 Crossing, which would widen the River Bridge, which will restore its structural integrity roadway from six lanes to eight or more lanes. In late and improve the opening for the Arkansas River October, the Arkansas State Highway Commission navigational channel. 30 Crossing is an important issued the following statement regarding that ruling. improvement that was promised in 2012 to Arkansas voters. The AHC and ARDOT will begin investigating While we respect the Arkansas Supreme Court’s alternative ways to fund this project consistent with ruling regarding Amendment 91 funds as they relate the Supreme Court’s order. to the Interstate 630 and 30 Crossing projects, the decision itself is a disappointing one. We will now work with our co-defendants to determine how to advance regarding this case. This ruling emphasizes now, more than ever, the need for flexibility in funding dedicated to improve the State’s roads and bridges. Acting in Good Faith In 2012, the Arkansas Highway Commission (AHC) and the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) acted in good faith, and we believe the public voted in good faith regarding Amendment 91, which established a ½-cent sales tax committed to a
Members of the Arkansas State Highway Commission are (from left) Philip Taldo of Springdale; Alec Farmer of Jonesboro, vice chairman; Marie Holder of Little Rock; Robert S. Moore, Jr., of Arkansas City, chairman; and Keith Gibson of Fort Smith. (ARDOT Photo by Rusty Hubbard)
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Issue 1 Passes
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Issue 1 Passes
Thank You Arkansas For Standing Together To Pass Issue 1
Television station KATV anchor Chris May announces on election night that Issue 1 had passed.
By Joe Quinn, Arkansas Good Roads Executive Director It’s late on election night and I’m standing in a hotel lobby with Park Estes. Park is the executive director of the Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association. Two years earlier he had started an email chain pulling people together to talk about more funding for Arkansas roads. An hour earlier we watched Little Rock TV stations report that Issue 1 had convincingly passed. There was no disputing the size of the win. There was no need for a recount, and no need for analysts to talk about what voters really meant. Park looked at me and quietly said, “I can’t believe we won 72 counties. And everyone stayed together the whole way.” Let’s be honest. Politics in general today is angry. Getting two people to agree on any issue can be tough, but getting large stakeholder groups with different interests to work together is often impossible. But that is exactly what we did last year when passage of Issue 1 guaranteed a continuation of significant highway funding for years to come. And this happened during the worst pandemic the country has seen since 1918.
I fully agree with Park that everyone “stayed together” in a way that makes me proud. I have been around politics a long time, but I cannot remember so many people and organizations putting aside self-interest to stay focused on a greater good. That is not the normal way in modern politics. Making It About the State On behalf of the fully engaged Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Executive Board and the hundreds of Good Roads members across Arkansas, I can only say thank you to all who helped. Thank you for making it more about the state we will leave for our grandchildren than how one small piece of a large package might not be embraced by everyone in a stakeholder organization. Thank you for reminding your community why good roads are both an economic development issue and a safety issue. Thank you to the county judges and mayors across the state who were willing to stand up and remind people
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Issue 1 Passes that this was not about a new tax, it was about protecting And to Harold Beaver who after years at ARDOT now sits on our board and brings with him a real passion to existing revenue that allows local leaders to resurface find the next generation of young engineers to do this substandard roads. Board members Mark Hayes, work. executive director of the Arkansas Municipal League, Thanks to State Rep. Jim Wooten who finds the time and Chris Villines, executive director of the Association to sit on our board and knows what it’s like to be a local of Arkansas Counties, were among the first to embrace leader fighting to improve a Main Street filled with this fight for better roads. JoAnne Bush came to the potholes. Good Roads Executive Board after serving years as the And thank you to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who gave mayor of Lake Village. She is always a strong voice for this issue not only his passion, but his time. He was a empowering local leadership. Thank you to Good Roads Executive Board members tireless voice in reminding Arkansans we all needed to work together for a funding package that would serve Robert Moery and Shannon Newton. Robert, principal us well over the next decade. Hopefully, a big part of at Broadview Strategies, was the campaign director. the governor’s legacy will be that he ended the need to He is wise beyond his years and understands the subtle have a contentious funding nuances of how people in Arkansas think and Thank you to the engineering discussion every two years. react. Shannon chaired and construction companies ‘How can we help?’ the campaign. She is a Thank you to Nelson tenacious leader who who for more than 50 years Peacock and Rob Smith at the never made it about how have been designing and Northwest Arkansas Council. the Arkansas Trucking Association she runs building an infrastructure They had just one question in the early days of the effort, would be impacted. From that brought all of us food, “How can we help?” Thanks day one she made it about the fact this was the prescription drugs and also to committed leaders in Fort Smith and Jonesboro right thing to do to make cleaning supplies during the who activated networks Arkansas a better state. spent months educating uncertain earliest days of and people on why adequate road Roads and the Economy COVID-19. funding matters. Thank you to Good And a personal thank Roads members Randy you to Benton County Judge Barry Moehring. Our kids Zook and Marvin Childers who sat with Shannon on the grew up together, and for years I have watched him committee overseeing the campaign. When you want a run the fastest-growing county in Arkansas. His budget blunt assessment of why better roads mean more jobs challenges are complex. One April morning when we and economic growth for all regions of the state, you were all still adjusting to working from home, Barry should start with Randy and Marvin, who head up the called me to say, “I just want to be really sure that the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the Poultry pandemic isn’t slowing down the effort to fight for Issue Federation, respectively. 1.” Thank you to the engineering and construction I told him that we were still hard at it and he companies who for more than 50 years have been responded, “Good. Because the absolutely last thing we designing and building an infrastructure that brought need when the pandemic is over is to have local leaders all of us food, prescription drugs and cleaning supplies also looking at a 30 percent reduction in their road during the uncertain earliest days of COVID-19. Thanks to Clay McGeorge and Mark Lamberth whose budget.” His words stayed with me. The best part of being Good Roads executive director companies supply the raw materials needed for road is working with people I like and respect. People construction and take the time to sit on the Good Roads who in the middle of a dark and sad year said simply Executive Board. They understand the economics and … no matter how hard things seem; we are going to complexity of road construction far more than most. work together rather than fight with each other. Isn’t it Thank you to Good Roads Executive Board amazing what can be accomplished when good people officers Dan Flowers, D.B. Hill, III, and Bob Crafton work together? who provide an incredibly deep understanding of the Thank you. Stay safe. evolution of road funding and construction in Arkansas. 12 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
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Atlas Asphalt CEO Mark Lamberth serves on the Arkansas Racing Commission and is also a member of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Executive Board. (Photo by Mike Pirnique)
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Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt, Where Success Is Still a Family Affair By Joe Quinn Arkansas Good Roads Executive Director Atlas Asphalt CEO Mark Lamberth is settled in a conference room in his Batesville office. In the office next door his son Lance is meeting with a project team. As we talk, Mark’s granddaughter wanders in to update her grandfather that she just dropped her car off for repairs. She grins and asks Mark for lunch money, and then warmly hugs him. A few minutes later Mark is on the phone with his wife Dianne, who is getting ready to do play-by-play of Lyon College basketball for the local radio station. Atlas is a company that is successfully competing for road projects across Arkansas, but at its core this sophisticated company is also very much a family business. With 200 employees working across eight asphalt plants and dozens of job sites, Mark cannot quite remember every employee’s name, but there was a time when he knew every name and phone number. Mark says, “It’s people that really make the difference, and we tend to retain our people.” After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1971, Mark and his new wife ended up in Washington where Dianne worked for Sen. Dale Bumpers. After a few years, they packed up and moved back to Batesville where Dianne’s father, Howard House, was already growing a company known as White River Bituminous. Dating back to World War II, White River Bituminous mined ore that the United States was stockpiling for steel production. In 1968 the company shifted to the asphalt business. When the young couple arrived home in 1975, Mark went to work for Mr. House. He started out operating a jackhammer on road jobs and then was promoted to “flag man,” managing traffic at job sites.
Submitting Bids Mark eventually helped prepare the job bids to submit to the Arkansas Department of Transportation. He says, “The bids were done by hand and we would go down with everything in an envelope to submit. This was before cell phones. We would all stay at the old Coachman’s Inn in Little Rock. There was a morning bid opening and if we did not get that we would sometimes scramble to submit a bid at the afternoon session. Then we would all get a burger at Shorty Small’s and head home. It was a lot more fun, but it was stressful.” In those days, the formation of the Associated General Contractors organization created a platform where companies like Atlas could meet and build relationships with subcontractors that did work like road striping. The industry was getting more sophisticated, but it remained a relatively small Arkansas world where everyone knew each other. Mark remembers friends who lived on the same floor as he did at Yocum Hall on the University of Arkansas campus in 1967 who also ended up in the road building business later. Early in his career Mark got to know legendary ARDOT Director Dan Flowers who is now the Good Roads Executive Board president. Mark told me, “Dan was tough but fair. He would always listen to both sides and make sure everyone got a fair shot. People had enormous respect for how he ran the department.” In the 1970s, Howard House, like all his contemporaries in the business, struggled to survive a global oil embargo that ultimately sent oil prices soaring. Asphalt companies often had agreements with Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 15
Member Profile a few things like traffic light installation, but we are now positioned to do everything else.” Mark is a much-respected CEO, who is also a Good Roads Executive Board member and sits on the Arkansas Racing Commission. For the past 25 years he has found the time to run a successful business and do other things he loves. He still does radio play-by-play of the Batesville High School football games, and he owns thoroughbreds that run at Oaklawn Park during racing season. But after all this success, he vividly remembers the early days on job sites and the core lesson he learned. “Mr. House expected results. The first time I drove a bulldozer on a job site he spent 30 seconds showing me where the clutch was and then jumped off, leaving me to it.” The culture of results led to the latest Atlas Asphalt acquisition when the company recently bought Twin Lakes Atlas Asphalt road crew working on a hot day in the 1970s. A number of these early Quarry in Northeast Arkansas. employees stayed and worked for the company for many years. It is another step in the ongoing effort to make sure the state already in place to deliver asphalt at a set the company can offer customers all aspects of any price. The oil crisis made that a complex challenge for job. Mark feels good about the state of the Arkansas the industry. economy. “The fact Arkansas operates with a balanced budget holds debt down and makes government more Doing Everything responsible,” he says. “I think the outlook for the road Mr. House grew his family business when he industry is good right now. Arkansas is pretty and it’s purchased Atlas Asphalt. Mark says that then and still a great place to raise a family.” now, a key to the firm’s success has been the ability to change. “There was a time when each company Impact of Issue 1 did one piece of a road project, but the companies One reason Arkansas companies like Atlas feel that survived worked to eventually be able to do good about the future is the fact that Issue 1 passed everything from moving dirt, to installing the base, to on the November ballot by a significant margin. It putting down the asphalt. You cannot do just one phase extended an existing sales tax and means millions of a project and still make money. We subcontract in continued road funding for virtually every city, 16 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
Member Profile town and county in the state. Mark says a bond issue election eight years ago taught him how to best advocate for better roads. “I have faith in the electorate,” he says. “When you hand out a booklet to show the local impact of an issue, every hamlet or large city knows what’s at stake. People understand issues when you show them understandable, tangible information.” In the 1990s more out-of-state companies started to bid on Arkansas road jobs and the number of local companies successfully winning bids started to dwindle. But in this changing climate, Atlas thrived while remaining family owned, and Arkansas owned. Lance was a highly recruited baseball catcher coming out of Batesville High School and ended up playing at Mississippi State. After a few years traveling with his rock band, Lance came home to the family business. Three of the company’s partners have sons now working in the business, making it well positioned for the future.
“The fact Arkansas operates with a balanced budget holds debt down and makes government more responsible. I think the outlook for the road industry is good right now.” – Atlas Asphalt CEO Mark Lamberth
In the hallway at the Atlas office in Batesville, pictures of road crews from the ’70s and ’80s line the walls. Mark can remember the names of virtually everyone in the photos. He looks at the photos filled with bad 1970s haircuts and can tell stories about each crew member. It is a reminder that one of the reasons this firm is thriving is that the CEO remembers the hot, sweaty days when he stood over a jackhammer in the July heat. He never stopped valuing the people that have brought Atlas to where it is today. Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 17
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‘1968: A Folsom Redemption Exhibit’ Display at Johnny Cash Boyhood Home at Dyess provides an intimate look at the singer’s legendary concerts at the famed Folsom Prison in California. I hear the train a comin’ it’s rollin ‘round the bend And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when I’m stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps draggin’ on … DYESS – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a landmark event, a personal photography exhibition called “1968: A Folsom Redemption” opened in January at the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. It’s a collection of photographs and memories of two journalists lucky enough to be among a handful of eyewitnesses to the historic Johnny Cash concerts at Folsom Prison. This candid and personal photography exhibition covers a critical juncture in the career of Cash, one of the 20th century’s most beloved performers. The exhibit will run through June 1 at the Cash Boyhood Home at 110 Center Drive in Dyess in Mississippi County. Admittance to the exhibit is included with the general admission price of $10. Recording in a Prison Setting In January 1968, Cash was at a crossroads. His music career, in a slow decline for several years, needed a smash hit. He had recently straightened out his personal life, and leadership changes at his record label meant he was able to finally convince them of the merits of a live recording in a prison setting. Cash had been performing for inmates as far back as 1957, when he received a stream of requests from prisoners who identified with the man who sang “Folsom Prison Blues.” Opposite page: Johnny Cash stands outside the East Gate at Folsom Prison before the first performance on Jan. 13, 1968. (Courtesy of the John R. Cash Revocable Trust; photographed by Dan Poush.)
This connection developed with prisoners during these concerts had made him increasingly sympathetic to those he would later call “the downtrodden.” Working as freelance journalists, photographer Dan Poush and writer Gene Beley met with Cash and his family the day before the concerts began, at the invitation of Rev. Floyd Gressett, a friend of Cash’s who ministered to inmates and helped set up the show at Folsom State Prison at Folsom, Calif., with recreation director Lloyd Kelley. After practicing the set with the Tennessee Three at the Hotel El Rancho the night before, on Jan. 13, 1968, Cash, along with opening acts Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers, performed two separate shows in the dining hall at Folsom. Notable for capturing Cash’s ability to connect with his audience, the recordings crackled with the excitement of an adoring crowd. The resulting album, “At Folsom Prison,” was released four months later to critical and popular acclaim. Exploring a Well-Known Event Beley’s first-person account of those days – and his knowledge of the storylines at work behind the scenes – make this a fascinating exploration of the little-known aspects of a well-known event in popular culture. “1968: A Folsom Redemption” takes the viewer right into the heart of this pivotal moment in the life and career of one of the 20th century’s most important and cherished musical personalities. For the first time ever, this traveling road show collection of 31 photos features a wide range of intimate photos with friends and family to a backstage meeting between country music legend Merle Haggard and the Man in Black. This exhibition highlights Cash’s golden era from the January 1968 Folsom prison album recording to a March 1, 1969, concert in Anaheim, Calif., when he was getting ready to launch his network television show. Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 19
Around Arkansas “1968: A Folsom Redemption” is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibit is sponsored by Farmers Bank and Trust, First Commercial Bank, Nucor, and Wilson City, LLC. About the Dyess Colony The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression. As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home at Dyess. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & the family of music legend Johnny Tourism.) Cash. The colony has been resurrected through the Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music. restoration of several historic buildings open to From the Colony Circle, visitors are shuttled to visitors. The Dyess Colony Visitors Center, located the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, less than two miles in the Colony Circle at the former site of the theater from the Colony Center. It is furnished as it appeared and pop shop, is the first stop. The Dyess Colony when the Cash family lived there, based on family Administration Building next door houses exhibits memories. related to the establishment of the colony, lifestyles of typical colonists and the impact that growing up in How to Get There The Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Admission is available Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit DyessCash.AState.edu. The Dyess Colony website offers this advice on getting to the site – if traveling on I-55 North to visit, please use the following directions (GPS will take you to the wrong exit): take Exit 41, turn left on State Highway 14 West, travel about five miles before turning left on Highway 297, then check in at Inside the Dyess Colony Visitors Center, guests will find an orientation and meeting room, the Visitor Center (110 Center a gift shop and the old film projector that Tommy Cash, Johnny’s brother, operated in his Drive). youth. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas State University.) 20 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
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Q & A: Clint O’Neal
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Q & A: Clint O’Neal
Telling the Arkansas Story
Amplifying the Voices of Successful Arkansas Companies Arkansas has a diverse economy, with companies across a variety of sectors experiencing growth and success. Business leaders are often the best advocates for the state and its business-friendly culture. Clint O’Neal, executive vice president of global business for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, wants everyone to hear what these executives are saying. In his role, O’Neal leads the marketing and sales teams at AEDC where he is working to deliver a strong message that Arkansas is among the top places in the world to do business. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and he holds a master’s degree in community and economic development from the University of Central Arkansas. Before joining AEDC, O’Neal served as vice president of business recruitment for the Missouri Partnership, that state’s principal business recruitment and marketing organization. In this interview, he discusses Arkansas’ approach to telling the story of why the Natural State is poised for success. What do you say to companies that are evaluating Arkansas as a potential business location? Our message is simple: listen to the business leaders who have found success here. Stephens Inc. CEO Warren Stephens tells business owners “you can feel the heartbeat of the country” in Arkansas. Ron Cohen, CEO of Sig Sauer, says “business is personal,” and that his personal relationships with leaders in Arkansas, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, made the difference in his decision to create jobs here. Companies here find that it’s easy to work with state and local government, and they are embraced by our citizens who are ready to go to work. Investing in Arkansas has meant long-term growth and success for many companies throughout the state. Opposite page: Clint O’Neal serves as executive vice president of global business at AEDC. “The success of even the best advertising depends on the quality of the product,” he says, “and our product, the state of Arkansas, is easy to sell.” (Photo courtesy of AEDC.)
Jessica Breaux, manager of economic development for Amazon, told me in a podcast interview how excited the company is about its recent expansions into Arkansas and noted the state’s great support system. “It always helps when Arkansans want to see Amazon be successful,” she said. Our team at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission fights for every available opportunity to influence location decisions. But our pitch is not to listen as I tell you how great Arkansas is. Instead, we encourage business leaders to listen to their peers. We tell the stories of how entrepreneurs have started companies and taken them to the Fortune 500 list, and we show that the same environment exists for today’s entrepreneurs to do the same. How important is a strong infrastructure system – excellent highways, roads, streets and bridges – to economic development and what do you see as major pluses for Arkansas in this area? Having a solid infrastructure system, a vision to grow it and the commitment to maintain it are vitally important factors in connecting the world and growing the economy. In Arkansas, we have all three. Arkansas’ transportation network is ideally suited to meet the needs of people and provides businesses with easy access to markets around the world. Our infrastructure system includes 1,000 miles of navigable waterways, 1,683 miles of Class 1 railroads and 16,416 miles of state and U.S. highways. Our commitment to maintain roads and bridges provides predictability for the movement of goods and for the safety of travelers. What’s the strategy behind AEDC’s “Make Your Move” marketing campaign? AEDC, in partnership with Entergy, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Oklahoma Gas & Electric, recently launched a digital marketing campaign called “Make Your Move.” Our message to business leaders is clear: If you’ve reached your breaking point of frustration due to the heavy-handed mandates that state and local governments are placing on your business in your state, then we invite you Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 23
Q & A: Clint O’Neal to “make your move” to Arkansas. We believe this campaign will resonate with business owners and executives. As some states proclaim which businesses are essential and which are non-essential, we’ve declared that Arkansas has one category of business: essential. The success of even the best advertising depends on the quality of the product, and our product, the state of Arkansas, is easy to sell. When it comes to cost of doing business and cost of living, Arkansas is consistently among the nation’s lowest in both categories. Safe, outdoor activities are in abundance here, including beautiful lakes, scenic rivers and award-winning trails for hiking, biking and stunning views. But there’s another quality of Arkansas that’s especially appealing right now: we welcome, support and value business. Arkansas is one of only a few states that never issued a shelter-in-place mandate. We have helped our businesses find innovative ways to continue serving customers while keeping employees safe and on the payroll. To be fair, like businesses all over the world, plenty of Arkansas companies have struggled this year. But our unemployment rate has remained well below the national average because a higher percentage of our population continues to be employed. That means our diverse economy has weathered the economic storm better than most. Many states claim to be “pro-business,” but in Arkansas, we walk the walk. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission actively work to recruit businesses to Arkansas, and when a company decides to expand here, we make them feel welcome. Even during the pandemic, businesses have come to Arkansas. Several companies recently announced expansions in the state, creating thousands of new jobs across a variety of sectors, including supply chain, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. These companies have found the spirit of collaboration in Arkansas between the public and private sectors to be beneficial, and we’re confident that many other companies are searching for a home where they, too, are valued as successful businesses and job creators. What is AEDC doing to build excitement and awareness about economic opportunity in Arkansas during a pandemic? While we rely on marketing campaigns to help keep Arkansas on the radar screens of prospective 24 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
“Having a solid infrastructure system, a vision to grow it and the commitment to maintain it are vitally important factors in connecting the world and growing the economy. In Arkansas, we have all three.” – Clint O’Neal”
companies and site selection consultants, we also make it a priority to foster relationships within our communities and among influencers around the state to help share the excitement about company expansions and job growth. We stay engaged with key contacts through our “Arkansas Inc” monthly email newsletter and our four industry-specific newsletters. Through social media, AEDC makes a habit of celebrating wins in communities across the state. A
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Q & A: Clint O’Neal since making that change, business development and marketing are doing some new and innovative things, like creating personalized landing page experiences for prospective businesses that showcase Arkansas and give the prospect a one-stop shop for documents, site information and key data points. As we reach and engage new business contacts through How do you ensure that AEDC digital marketing, our business is able to compete with economic development team is immediately development organizations in brought into the loop. The content other, larger states with more staff and bigger budgets? that we produce for our website, emails, blogs, podcasts and At AEDC, we strive to be lean brochures is being updated with and nimble, and we’re able to direct input from our business adapt more quickly. Last year, we Clint O’Neal at a recent economic made an important organizational development announcement. (Photo courtesy development team to ensure that we are sharing the type of change and brought our business of AEDC.) information and updates that development and marketing matter to C-level executives and teams together within the Global site selection consultants. This organization change Business Division at AEDC. This move has enabled has made AEDC more competitive. those two groups to work more closely together, and recent example is an expansion announcement from Emerson in Ash Flat, Arkansas. Ash Flat is a small town with a lot of pride in its community. Our social media posts about the announcement were shared over 330 times. It speaks to Arkansas’ culture; we tend to help and advocate for one other.
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UA Researchers Develop Tool to Help Understand Freight Movement modern planning needs as well as disaster relief and A team of University of Arkansas industrial engineering researchers has developed a tool to help recovery. “Access to data on the design and operation of public and private sector leaders optimize freight interdependent critical infrastructures, known as ICIs, movement across different modes of transportation. is now recognized as essential for fostering new data The customizable tool integrates a variety of analytics, design and decision-support tools,” he said. data sources related to the design and operation of ports, locks, dams and ground transportation, and “This project has created and made available synthetic and simulated data on ICIs by developing new data spatiotemporal models, to help decision-makers creation techniques and model-based approaches to understand how best to transport freight across the simulating ICIs and human cognition and behavior with United States. ICIs.” The team was led by Haitao Liao, professor of industrial engineering and the John and Mary Lib White The study also has broad implications for the nations’ Endowed Systems Integration Chair, and was funded by commodity supply chains. Inland waterways in the a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s United States are used to transport approximately 20 percent of America’s coal, 22 percent of U.S. petroleum EAGER program. EAGER stands for “EArly-concept products and 60 percent of farm Grants for Exploratory Research.” exports. Heather Nachtmann served The study, titled Data as co-principal investigator. Simulation to Support Nachtmann is a professor of Interdependence Modeling industrial engineering and senior in Emergency Response and associate vice chancellor for Multimodal Transportation research and innovation at the Networks, took place as a University of Arkansas. Industrial project of the Mack-Blackwell engineering doctoral students Transportation Center. Follow this Basem Alkhaleel and Jose Azucena link – martrec.uark.edu/data – to also contributed to the project. The customizable tool integrates a number of data apply to use the tool (and the user Liao said the tool’s multifaceted sources to help decision-makers understand how best to transport freight across the country. manual). approach is critical to support
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Buttigieg Emphasizes Challenges,Opportunities New Secretary of Transportation Described as a ‘True Problem-Solver’ New U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg sees rebuilding America’s infrastructure as a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs, fight economic inequality and stem climate change. “We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) can play a central role in this,” the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., told Senate Commerce Committee members at his confirmation hearing in January. “I believe good transportation policy can play no less a role than making possible the American dream,” he said. “But I also recognize that at their worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities in transportation can reinforce racial and economic inequality.” On Feb. 2, the Senate confirmed Buttigieg, 39, as the 19th secretary of transportation, and he was sworn in on Feb. 3 by Vice President Kamala Harris. “Secretary Buttigieg is a true problem-solver,” Harris said. “He will bring people together to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure. And he will keep breaking boundaries while he’s at it. Congratulations, Mr. Secretary.” ‘An Engine for Equity’ In an email message to his 55,000 DOT employees that the Associated Press obtained, Buttigieg urged them to embrace “imaginative, bold, forward thinking” as the department embarks on a vital mission to rebuild America’s infrastructure and foster equality. “We will continue to prioritize safety as the foundation of everything we do,” Buttigieg said. “And at the same time, we will break new ground: 28 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
in ensuring that our economy recovers and rebuilds, in rising to the climate challenge, and in making sure transportation is an engine for equity in this country.” He added that the DOT’s mission “has never been more important than in this season of change and possibility.” In a video message on Twitter, Buttigieg emphasized both the challenges and opportunities ahead in improving America’s transportation system. “Today we face an unprecedented health crisis, we’re navigating an economy in danger and our nation is reckoning with the impacts of systemic racism,” he said. “But with new leadership comes a new opportunity, a chance to build our transportation system back better than it ever was before. There is so much work to do, but I am deeply optimistic about where this journey will lead.” Mayor Pete Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, said Buttigieg understands the extent of significant unmet U.S. infrastructure needs, which she said the government has underfunded by at least $1.5 trillion over the last decade. “He dealt with infrastructure where the rubber meets the road, managing state, federal and local resources to help build infrastructure in his community.”
“I know that, at its best, transportation makes the American dream possible, getting people and goods to where they need to be – and directly and indirectly creating good-paying jobs.” – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, where he was known as Mayor Pete. A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014. “Jobs, infrastructure, equity and climate all come together at the DOT, the site of some of our most ambitious plans to build back better,” said President Joe Biden, when he selected Buttigieg to head the DOT back in December. “I trust Mayor Pete to lead this work with focus, decency and a bold vision – he will bring people together to get big things done.” Importance of Transportation In illustrating his enthusiasm for transportation,
Buttigieg related to employees how he loved travel and adventure as a child, with his bedroom adorned with a Lego monorail, a wooden ship bought by his grandfather when he was a Merchant Marine and model airplanes brought home by his father from business trips. “I know that, at its best, transportation makes the American dream possible, getting people and goods to where they need to be – and directly and indirectly creating good-paying jobs,” he said. “We also must recognize that at their worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities can reinforce racial and economic inequality, dividing or isolating neighborhoods, undermining the government’s basic role of empowering Americans to thrive. The legacy of American transportation can be both weighty and inspiring – and its future is of fundamental national importance. Here’s to all that’s ahead.”
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Bill Would Designate Museum at Blytheville As Cold War Center
Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton have introduced a bill that would designate the museum at Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville as the National Cold War Center. “The Blytheville Air Force Base exhibition is dedicated to sharing the stories and educating the public about the community’s role in our national security. I’m proud to honor the accomplishments of the men and women who served at Eaker Air Force Base by recognizing the museum as the National Cold War Center so we can pay tribute to their contributions to our defense,” Boozman said.
Broadband Map Pinpoints Location Of High-Speed Internet Providers
Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the new Arkansas State Broadband Map will allow Arkansans to pinpoint broadband providers in the state and will assist state agencies in developing broadband policy. “This project puts Arkansas on the cutting edge of broadband mapping nationally,” Hutchinson said. “Broadband delivery is a top priority, and long before the pandemic, I asked state agencies to accelerate the closing of the digital divide between our cities and less-populated rural communities. Our diligence and proactive efforts put us in position to utilize federal funds we have received
“Eaker Air Force Base played a key role in the defense of our nation during the Cold War – we ought to preserve its legacy and encourage the continued education of future generations. Our bill will officially recognize the museum in Blytheville as the nation’s National Cold War Center, which will help preserve this important history and
be a boon to local tourism,” Cotton said. Eaker Air Force Base, the site of the museum, was home to approximately 300,000 men and women from 1942 to 1992 and is America’s best-preserved Strategic Air Command Alert Aircrew Facility and Nuclear Weapons Storage Area.
during the pandemic to enhance our broadband system. Our map identifies broadband sources by structure, a level of detail that allows users to find exactly where broadband is available.” The project is a partnership between the State Broadband Office through the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education. The map will supplement the FCC’s broadband map and will provide a more thorough overview of broadband distribution in Arkansas. Hutchinson utilized money from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief
Fund to partner with CostQuest Associates, a national consulting firm, to perform the detailed analysis. The map allows a user to supply an address in order to find nearby coverage. The map will show the number of providers in the area, the broadband companies that are providing service, and the speeds at which service is available. To see the map: https://arkansas.vetro.io
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Officials are pushing the new Congress and the administration of President Joe Biden to pass measures to increase investments in public infrastructure and construction projects. (Photo by ARDOT/Rusty Hubbard)
National Industry Survey Finds Contractors Pessimistic While Issue 1 has Arkansas contractors optimistic about construction, a recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America shows pessimism nationally among contractors regarding the volume of work available in 2021. The organization urged lawmakers to focus on measures designed to rebuild the economy and demand for construction. “Our survey found contractors expect the volume of work is likely to decline for nearly all nonresidential project types, and most firms have experienced project cancellations or postponements,” Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, said.
of public infrastructure. They The association’s 2021 added that Washington needs to Construction Hiring and Business backfill depleted state and local Outlook Survey found that 78 construction budgets so those new percent of contractors reported federal infrastructure investments a project had been canceled or can be more effective in boosting postponed, while only 25 percent reported winning new or additional demand and construction employment. work as a result of the pandemic, “As Washington officials pivot the economist noted. He said that from providing pandemic relief suggests many firms will have to to focusing on rebuilding the lay off employees once current economy, infrastructure needs to be projects wrap up. The survey included responses from more than at the top of their agenda,” Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s 1,300 contractors that perform all CEO, said. “There is a real chance types of construction other than to come out of the pandemic with homebuilding. a stronger and more efficient Association officials urged economy if we can act now to the new Congress and the Biden rebuild aging and over-burdened administration to enact measures infrastructure.” to boost investments in all manner Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 31
30 Crossing Travel Impact Map Added To Project Website
Hikers on the Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism)
Collaboration Brings Repairs To Historic Mount Nebo Trail
Arkansas State Parks has completed the restoration and improvement project for the Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park with support from the Walton Family Foundation and the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation (APRF). The completed project initiates a new era for the popular, 86-year-old hiking trail by adding it to the state’s growing system of Monument Trails. “Exceptional hiking and mountain biking trails are hallmarks of Arkansas’ State Parks,” Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, said. “Restoring the Rim Trail perfectly captures the passion of our department by ensuring this treasured experience from our past will be used by Arkansans and our guests for years to come.” Rock Solid Trail Contracting, the firm that helped develop the 25-mile master plan for trails at Mount Nebo State Park, completed the substantial rehabilitation work to restore the trail to its original glory and improve the hiking experience for visitors. “The new rockwork is very impressive,” Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann said. “The natural rock steps and rebuilt switchbacks will allow visitors to safely navigate this beautiful landscape, taking generations of new park visitors to the special places that previous generations have enjoyed for more than 80 years.” Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, the trail has long been a fixture at the state’s second-oldest park. 32 Good Roads Foundation | Spring 2021
An interactive aerial map has been added to the 30 Crossing project website featuring long-term and permanent travel impacts along the Interstate 30 corridor in Little Rock and North Little Rock, according to ARDOT officials. Posted on 30Crossing.com, the map highlights various travel impacts associated with the 30 Crossing project, including permanent and long-term road and ramp closures. Visitors may zoom in and scroll to specific areas on the map and can click on identified closures to view location details, closure time period and a detour map (if one is available for download). The map will regularly be updated to show longterm and permanent travel impacts. For short-term lane closures and other temporary travel impacts, ARDOT will continue publishing news releases each week with the closure information, as well as providing information via Twitter.
GM Announces Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2040
The charging stations will enable zero-emission travel.
Adopt a Charger, Entergy Installing Charging Stations
Charge Up! Arkansas, a new partnership between Entergy Arkansas and Adopt a Charger, in late January announced plans to install 10 electric vehicle charging stations locations in Arkansas. The first one is at Flagpole Park in Lonoke. Other potential locations include Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Eureka Springs, with a goal of 10 statewide in the next year and a half. The stations in Arkansas will have from one to four ports. “Entergy Arkansas is happy to support the expansion of innovative, customer-centric technologies such as electric vehicle chargers,” Kurt Castleberry, director of Resource Planning and Market Operations for Entergy Arkansas, said. “Investments like this help advance clean energy technology and sustainability for our customers, communities and all of our stakeholders.” Adopt a Charger is a nonprofit organization focused on accelerating the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by broadening available charging infrastructure. Raising awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles and encouraging ecotourism in Arkansas are the goals of Charge Up! Arkansas, supported in part through a grant from the Entergy Corporation Environmental Initiatives Fund. The stations will enable zero-emission travel for locals and visitors and will be installed at popular destinations and well-traveled areas across the state. All sites will offer “fee-free” charging to drivers to incentivize electric vehicle owners to plug in. The plan enables interaction between curious consumers and the enthusiastic EV driver community, which has proven to be the best way to educate potential EV drivers about EV technology.
DETROIT – On Jan. 28, General Motors announced that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders. “General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” GM Chairman & CEO Mary Barra said. GM has pledged to stop making gasoline-powered passenger cars, vans and sport utility vehicles by 2035. It’s a historic turning point for the iconic carmaker, which is promising a future of new electric vehicles for American motorists. “As one of the world’s largest automakers, we hope to set an example of responsible leadership in a world that is faced with climate change,” Barra said on LinkedIn. In addition to GM’s carbon goals, the company worked with the Environmental Defense Fund to develop a shared vision of an all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. GM’s focus will be offering zero-emissions vehicles across a range of price points and working with all stakeholders, including EDF, to build out the necessary charging infrastructure and promote consumer acceptance while maintaining high quality jobs, which will all be needed to meet these ambitious goals. “With this extraordinary step forward, GM is making it crystal clear that taking action to eliminate pollution from all new light-duty vehicles by 2035 is an essential element of any automaker’s business plan,” Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said. “EDF and GM have had some important differences in the past, but this is a new day in America – one where serious collaboration to achieve transportation electrification, science-based climate progress and equitably shared economic opportunity can move our nation forward.” Spring 2021 | Good Roads Foundation 33
To Our Valued AGRF Members: Thank You!
Thanks for supporting us and helping us tell the story of why good roads and bridges matter. For membership information, please contact Joe Quinn at 479-426-5931. ACEC/A AGC Arkansas Alec Farmer APAC-Central, Inc. APAC-Tennessee, Inc. Arkadelphia Alliance Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association Arkansas Concrete Arkansas Department of Transportation Arkansas Farm Bureau Arkansas Municipal League Arkansas Poultry Federation Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Arkansas Trucking Assocation Ash Grove Cement Company Association of Arkansas Counties/ County Judges Atlas Asphalt, Inc. (Jamestown Investments) B & F Engineering, Inc. Bank of Delight Bob Crafton Bobby Glover Burns & McDonnell Cashion Company Clark Machinery Company Commercial Bank - Monticello Contractor’s Specialty Service Company Cowling Title CPC Midsouth Crafton-Tull & Associates Crisp Contractors Curt Green & Company, LLC D.B. Hill Contracting Dan Flowers Delta Asphalt Dermott Industrial Development Dumas Chamber of Commerce Eagle Bank and Trust Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce First Community Bank of Batesville
FM Structural Plastic Technology Forsgren, Inc. Garver LLC Golden Triangle Economic Development Harold Beaver Hines Trucking Inc. HNTB Corporation Horatio State Bank
Hudson, Cisne & Company Hutchens Construction Company I-49 International Coalition Jack Buffington Jeffrey Sand Company Jensen Construction Company Jim Wooten JoAnne Bush Johnnie Bolin Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Kiewit Company Koss Construction Company
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LaCroix Optical Company Larco, Inc. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Lion Oil Company M & T Paving and Construction Company, Inc. Marie Holder Maxwell Hardwood Flooring McGeorge Contracting Company, Inc. Michael Baker Int’l Midwest Lime Company Millar, Inc. Mobley General Contractors Monticello Economic Development Commission NE Ark. Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority NWA Council Ohlendorf Investment Company OK AR Chapter American Concrete Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce Philip Taldo Razorback Concrete Company Riceland Foods, Inc. Riggs CAT Robert Moery Robert S. Moore, Jr. Rogers Group, Inc. Ronnie Duffield Gravel Company Ryburn Motor Company, Inc. Scott Equipment Springdale Chamber of Commerce SW AR Planning & Development District Tyson Foods, Inc. University of Arkansas Upper SW Regional Solid Waste Management District Walmart Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority
IT TAKES A TEAM
TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Teamwork is the key to any success. It took a team to develop a new highway construction and maintenance plan, it took a team to develop the right campaign, and it took a team to convey the message. The voters responded with overwhelming confidence by supporting Issue 1. But the November 3rd election isn’t the end – it’s a new beginning. So the teamwork will continue and we will fulfill the commitments made to the citizens of Arkansas. Thank you Good Roads members and transportation industry leaders for your past efforts. We look forward to continuing our work together to educate the citizens of Arkansas on the importance of transportation, and providing a good, safe, reliable transportation system for all users.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PASSAGE OF ISSUE ONE,
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76 Of that $205 million, 76% will be used to take care of our existing facilities and 24% will be used for capital projects.
12 Keep in mind that Arkansas has the 12th largest highway system to maintain and improve.
10 In the first 10 years, ARDOT plans to address all the structurally deficient and weight-restricted bridges on the state system.
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Also in the first 10 years, ARDOT also plans to undertake about 7,000 miles of system preservation work on non-interstate highways.
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Good Roads Magazine Wins ASAE Award Good Roads Magazine has won an Excellence in Communications Award from the Arkansas Society of Association Executives. AGRF Executive Director Joe Quinn and designer Celia Blasier accepted the award at a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion.
TRUCK SAFETY PROGRAM FUNDING The Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program is beginning its next application cycle.
AP AP DE PLIC RI AD AT L LI IO 30 NE N , :
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
MARCH 1 – APRIL 30, 2021 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT:
www.ardot.gov (search: ACTSEP) — or — Arkansas Commercial Truck Safety and Education Program c/o Arkansas Department of Transportation Program Management Division P. O. Box 2261 Little Rock, AR 72203-2261 — or — Arkansas Department of Transportation 10324 Interstate 30, Room 503 Little Rock, AR 72209
For More Information, Call: (501) 569-2481 Fax: (501) 569-2623 | Email: LFPA@ardot.gov
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