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GOOD ROADS The Magazine of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation

U.S. Highway 70 To Hot Springs Wins Award & Drives Business

Foundation Good Roads. Good for All.

Fall 2019

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5 ARDOT Receives Transportation Award 6 Highway Commissioner Keith Gibson 10 ARDOT: Eyes in the Sky 12 UA: Ultrasound for Roads 17 From the Executive Director 14 18 AGRF Scholarship Winners 20 Q & A: Alan Sanden of FedEx Office 23 Commentary: Gov. Asa Hutchinson 28 Side Roads: Surplus & Spending 31 By the Numbers: Economic Impact 33 Executive Board Members 35 Back Talk: A Crisis 24

State Football Fans Take To the Roads

Park Estes Talks Teamwork, Infrastructure

Joe Quinn, Executive Director Bill Paddack, Editor Celia Blasier, Designer Arkansas Good Roads Foundation P.O. Box 25854 Little Rock, Arkansas 72221 WWW.ARGOODROADS.COM



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The Highway 70 widening project extended from I-30 westward to Hot Springs. (ARDOT photo by Rusty Hubbard.)

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ARDOT Update

For U.S. Highway 70 Improvements

Department Receives AASHTO America’s Transportation Award

“We are thrilled to accept this recognition from our The Arkansas peers at AASHTO,” ARDOT Director Scott Bennett Department of said. “The department commends McGeorge Contracting Transportation Company for their excellent job on these improvements, (ARDOT) has especially considering that the highway remained open received a 2019 to traffic during the entire project.” America’s Transportation Award from the American As a regional winner, the Highway 70 project Association of State Highway and Transportation will be considered for inclusion in the competition’s Officials (AASHTO). “Top 12.” The Top 12 compete for the top two prizes The award is in recognition of the U.S. Highway 70 – the Grand Prize, chosen by an independent panel widening project extending from Interstate 30 westward of judges, and the People’s Choice Award, which is to Hot Springs. The project tied for first place in the determined by the public through online voting. Both “Operations Excellence, Medium Project” category. carry a $10,000 cash prize to The $78.5 million “The department commends support a transportation-related Highway 70 project widened or charitable cause 17.5 miles of the highway McGeorge Contracting scholarship and will be announced at the to five lanes and replaced Company for their excellent AASHTO Annual Meeting in four bridges. Motorists’ Louis this October. safety was also improved job on these improvements, St. This year, 39 state by constructing wider especially considering that transportation departments are shoulders, straightening in the competition, curves, flattening hills and the highway remained open participating nominating 81 projects in one installing a traffic signal at to traffic during the of three categories: “Quality of the intersection with State Development,” Highway 128. The project entire project.” Life/Community “Best Use of Technology & was completed three months – ARDOT Director Scott Bennett Innovation” and “Operations ahead of schedule. Excellence.” The widening project “For 12 years, the America’s Transportation Awards on the heavily traveled highway makes it easier and have recognized state DOT projects for making faster to drive to Hot Springs from central and eastern communities safer, less congested and better connected,” Arkansas. Oaklawn Racing and Gaming draws many to said Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah the Spa City. Others come throughout the year to enjoy Department of Transportation and the American Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical garden of Association of State Highway and Transportation the University of Arkansas. Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains, it’s an example of the Natural State Officials 2018-2019 president. “Today’s regional winners demonstrate how state DOTs collaborate with at its best. local communities and partners to develop innovative, There’s also Bathhouse Row at Hot Springs National multimodal solutions that keep people and goods moving Park, Mid-America Science Museum, three lakes and, of course, the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. by motor vehicle, scooters, bicycle and on foot.” Sponsored by AASHTO, the American Automobile Businesswise, the Hot Springs Convention Center is Association (AAA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a favorite venue of associations, organizations and the America’s Transportation Awards competition was businesses for meetings, tradeshows, conventions and created to showcase tremendous projects delivered workshops. by our state departments of transportation every year Opposite page: The $78.5 million project on U.S. Highway 70 widened 17.5 miles of the highway to five lanes and replaced in order to tell the broader story on the importance of four bridges. (ARDOT photo by Rusty Hubbard) transportation.   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 5

Highway Commission

The Newest State Highway Commissioner Keith Gibson Is First From River Valley In 50 Years By Deborah Horn

It’s been 50 years since someone from the River Valley was named to the Arkansas Highway Commission and during that time the state’s northwest corner has transformed from a cluster of sleepy towns to a player on the national – perhaps even the world – stage. Fort Smith is a major driver of the economic boom in western Arkansas, and Keith Gibson says he “took note of how working together has the power to change an entire region.” So it’s with this first-hand knowledge of the necessary foresight, planning and cooperation it takes to pull off such a Herculean feat – along with sweat equity – that Gibson of Fort Smith takes his 6   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

place on the five-member Arkansas State Highway Commission. “I was humbled and honored by this appointment,” he said. Filling a Vacant Spot On Jan. 2, Gov. Asa Hutchinson named Gibson to the commission. He replaces Commissioner Dick Trammel of Rogers. Gibson, an Arkansas native, is president and chairman of the board of Pinnacle Communications and Pinnacle Telecom. “We needed to have someone on the highway commission from this area. It’s very timely for this appointment, and it provides a very balanced representation for the Highway Commission,” Hutchinson said.

Highway Commission Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association Executive Although it’s only one part of the overall economic Director Park Estes was thrilled with Gibson’s picture, Gibson said it’s an important part of the appointment. equation. “Great highway and interstate systems are “I’ve seen Keith’s resume and it’s impressive,” critical to growth,” he said. Without good, dependable Estes said. “He has a strong work ethic and the four-lane highways and interstates, farmers can’t move intellect to handle the tough challenges the Arkansas their crops to market and commercial enterprises will Highway Commission faces as it moves into the next not consider moving an operation to Arkansas, he decade. He was the right person for this appointment.” added. As part of their job, the highway commissioners oversee the state’s multi-million dollar annual transportation budget, which includes money for the state’s roadways, interstates and bridges. As a new member, Gibson said it’s time for him to listen and learn. However, he has experience with prudent, long-term planning and large budgets. According to its website, Pinnacle Telecom’s state-of-theFrom left, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Tim Allen, Gov. Asa art fiber optic network Hutchinson, Keith Gibson, ARDOT Director Scott Bennett and State Highway Commissioner Philip serves about 5,000 Taldo. (Photo courtesy of Talk Business & Politics) customers in western Arkansas and portions of eastern Oklahoma. In 2017, Rural vs. Urban it reported revenues of about $4.2 million. Arkansas is a state where two worlds, one urban A Good Start and one rural, collide, and because of Gibson’s mix With the support of the governor, the state of small-town boy and big-city businessman, he Legislature stepped up in order to meet about $95 understands the complexities, concerns and diversity million of the state’s annual transportation financial of each. needs, estimated at about $300 million. The hope “It can be a difficult balance to meet each group’s is that the remainder will come with voter approval expectations, but often the needs of rural Arkansas are of continuing the current half-cent sales tax in the overlooked,” he said. “It’s not always the traffic count November 2020 election. Originally, the tax was slated that dictates demand but the needs of the community to sunset in 10 years. and how a road will impact the entire state.” The money would benefit all of Arkansas’ roads. And like for his own business, he said, “every While the lion’s share would go to state highways, 30 dollar spent on the state’s highway system must count, percent would be divided between the state’s counties so we must plan wisely and for the long term.” and cities. This will be a priority for Gibson since no “I understand the need for stable funding, and matter where a person lives or a business is located, without it the state can’t adequately plan for its future. good roads are necessary for the state’s success. I’m excited about the work of the governor and the His vision also includes strengthening the already Legislature at the last session,” Gibson said. strong partnership that exists between the Arkansas   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 7

Highway Commission Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and the reason for Gibson’s appointment. state’s citizens. Eventually a portion of I-49 will connect Louisiana “It will give residents a sense of ownership and to Kansas City, with a leg running through western a voice in the department’s future choices and deciArkansas from Texarkana to Bella Vista. As the state sions,” he said. Like the “entire community approach” continues to fund and complete portions of the intertaken in Northwest Arkansas, Gibson said planning is state, the governor said Gibson’s perspective will be the key to the state’s future. “If we share a common vital to the commission’s discussions and ultimate vision, we can overcome any roadblocks we encoundecisions. ter,” he said. “I-49 is seen as a potential economic driver for “Arkansas is on the verge of greatness, and people municipalities along its route,” Gibson said. However, from around the state, both from the country and city, he said his focus extends beyond the River Valley and are willing to invest in their future, in a sensible infra- Fort Smith area. “Safe, reliable transportation is vital structure.” to the future of the entire state. All Arkansans deserve The River Valley a quality highway system,” he said. The last Fort Smith area A Lifetime of Experience commissioner to serve a full Gibson grew up in the small “Safe, reliable 10-year appointment to the town of Lavaca, which is located commission was Jake Patterabout 15 miles east of Fort Smith. transportation is son in 1969. He earned three degrees from the vital to the future Rex Terry, an attorney and University of Arkansas at Fayettepartner at Hardin, Jesson & ville, including a degree in public of the entire state. Terry, PLC, and a Republican administration in 1975, a master’s All Arkansans Party member who has been in business administration in 1977 involved in various levels of and a doctorate in law in 1983. deserve a quality Arkansas politics for the last Although his studies were a prihighway system.” 25 years, was thrilled with ority, Gibson also worked as a com– Keith Gibson Gibson’s appointment. bination technician for the Lavaca “Keith is a good person Telephone Company, Inc., starting with lots of energy. His getthe same year he graduated with his it-done-right attitude and his dedication have made first degree. In 1983, after earning his law degree, he a real difference in the Fort Smith area, from cutting went to work for Strasburger and Price Law Firm in edge technology to jobs. I believe he will bring that Dallas, Texas, as an associate attorney. He focused on same vision, determination and insight to the Arkansas medical malpractice defense law. Highway Commission,” Terry said. A short three years later, Gibson was named presiRichard Griffin, another Republican who has dent and chairman of the board of Pinnacle Communiserved as a party chairman at both the state and county cations and Pinnacle Telecom. It’s a position he holds levels, calls Gibson a friend who is well-known and to this day. respected by the community. Gibson also found time to tackle a few outside “Keith is a straight shooter and is fair, and he’s business projects, including serving as a Benefit Bank bright and recognizes the importance of the state’s of Fort Smith organizing member, stockholder and roads,” Griffin said. As well, he said, Gibson is skilled board member; and serving as a board member of at problem-solving and strategic planning. “He brings Boomerang Holding LLC in Little Rock. After deso much to the table and that’s important at this time. cades of hard work and service, Gibson has earned a We’re glad to have someone from south of the mounreputation as a reliable, smart businessman and polititain on the Highway Commission, especially a guy cal activist in the Fort Smith area. like Keith,” Griffin said. Other Service “The River Valley is growing. So Keith’s voice The Highway Commission isn’t Gibson’s first will be very important,” Hutchinson said regarding his appointment by an Arkansas governor. In 2006, he was 8   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

Highway Commission appointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee to a two-year term on the Criminal Detention Review Committee, Arkansas District 12. He has served as a chairman and a past president of the Arkansas Telephone Association; as a past president of the Lavaca Industrial Development Corporation; as a member of the Fort Smith Regional Council; and as a trustee for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. But his experience isn’t limited to business. He also has served as a Sebastian County justice of the peace; as a vice chairman and chairman for the Sebastian County Republican Committee; as a Third Congressional District Committee Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas; and as a Republican Party of Arkansas Executive

Committee member and as a Rules Committee member. Gibson was married to the late Susan Gibson for 33 years, and together they had three children and three grandchildren. He is currently married to Jill Elaine Gibson, and together they have six children and four grandchildren.

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EYES IN THE SKY By Britni Padilla-Dumas ARDOT has always employed radio dispatchers but recently was able to upgrade its Radio Room to a Traffic Management Center (TMC). TMCs often function as a “mission control” for urban areas, monitoring traffic and dispatching emergency vehicles when necessary. Radio dispatchers, traffic management operators and public information personnel staff ARDOT’s TMC. The radio dispatchers communicate with Arkansas Highway Police while they’re conducting traffic stops and inspections. The traffic management operators watch several traffic cameras simultaneously, searching

for incidents or stalled vehicles. The public information personnel monitor cameras and IDriveArkansas’ traffic flow and push information through Twitter for the traveling public. “If we notice there’s an incident, like a wreck or a stalled vehicle, we can immediately dispatch services there to assist and get the road clear,” explained Tony Sullivan, recently retired assistant chief engineer of operations. “We can now respond quicker than we ever have before.” A traffic management operator monitors our traffic cameras, also available to the public on, and studies current traffic flow. When they find an incident, they can collect

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information in a program that populates to IDriveArkansas and generates an informational tweet on Twitter for motorists’ awareness. Public information personnel also monitor the incident, provide updates via Twitter when possible and are available to answer questions via the Arkansas Road Conditions hotline. The TMC is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees monitor 20 television screens mounted on the front wall from their stations, equipped with multiple computer screens. Two rows of desks fill the dimly-lit room; the front row hosts the radio dispatchers and their equipment, while the back row is home to


the traffic management operators and the public information personnel. Prior to the development of the TMC, the radio dispatchers were working with antiquated equipment that needed upgrading, even for exclusive dispatching purposes. “Our old radio room was not equipped with the technology that our TMC provides,” reported Communications Coordinator Monica Saffle. “The additional work space allows us to better serve the public and continue our work with Highway Police.” The Arkansas Highway Commission authorized ARDOT to conduct a study to determine the estimated cost for the facility.

Sullivan personally visited TMCs in Tennessee and Alabama to get some ideas for the one in Arkansas. “We hired a consultant and asked them to tell us the most efficient way to build and staff a TMC. We were able to be more fiscally responsible by using a general design on our current campus,” he said. “It’s a matter of getting as much information out there that we can to help people navigate our highways. We need to see what’s going on, monitor traffic flow and detect incidents as quickly as we can so that we can divert traffic. The more devices we have in the field, the more capabilities we have of managing traffic.”

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University of Arkansas

Infrastructure Group Honors UA Professor’s ‘Ultrasound’ for Roads FAYETTEVILLE – A University of Arkansas civil engineering faculty member has been honored by a leading national infrastructure organization for his work with technology and methods that enable highway planners to see what’s under the ground before beginning construction. The technology helps keep projects on track and on-budget by better understanding subsurface conditions. Clint Wood, assistant professor of civil engineering, earned the honor of Most HighValue Research Project from the American Association for State

Highway and Transportation Officials, Region 2 Research Advisory Committee. The research is being conducted for and in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Seismic Imaging Wood’s research centers on noninvasive seismic imaging, which sends stress waves into the ground and measures their response at the surface, similar to how ultrasounds image the human body. The technique provides important information for highway designers and construction contractors, who typically rely on exploratory

drilling to understand the subsurface conditions – a strategy that can miss changes between limited drilling locations. “Designing on limited drilling results is like navigating with an incomplete map,” Wood said. “You can make assumptions between the map pieces or in this case drilling results, but you could miss major features that impact your decisions. We’re trying to fill in the gaps in the subsurface information in a faster and cheaper way than performing additional drilling.” I-40 at Ozark The research focuses on two issues which departments

Clint Wood with graduate students Landon Woodfield, Salman Rahimi and Ashraf Himel as they work at Ozark.

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University of Arkansas of transportation often face: estimating the depth to and stiffness of bedrock for new highway alignments and understanding the subsurface condition which cause slope instability, particularly how water is moving through a slope. Unexpected changes in bedrock depth near slopes can also create pockets where water collects, which can cause the soil in the slope to become saturated, leading to instability. Wood points to a section of Interstate 40 near Ozark as an example. “There’s a section along I-40 which has developed a number of large cracks in the roadway due to movement of the slope,” he said. “Previous drilling results in the area indicated very consistent bedrock depths across the area, which should allow

water to exit the slope easily, preventing saturation of the soil. However, when we conducted our investigation, we showed there were huge undulations in the bedrock at the bottom of the slope, which were trapping water like a bowl. We believe this water is contributing to the slope stability issue in the area.” Minimizing Problems Projects that encounter these issues can face substantial extra costs and delays while designers and contractors adapt the original plan or have to attempt another repair. Those problems can be avoided, or at least minimized, by better understanding the subsurface conditions through non-invasive testing. Wood said subsurface imaging is often used once a problem has

already been identified to help designers make decisions about how to fix it. For instance, when cracks appear in a road, imaging can efficiently determine why the ground beneath is shifting and designers can make informed decisions about next steps. “We can come up with better remediation methods or choose more appropriate methods based on the problem,” Wood said. Clint Wood “Without that information, you’re going in blind, and you have to make a lot of assumptions.

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Football Season

all roads lead to football

The Arkansas State Red Wolves take the field for their game against Appalachian State last season. (Photo courtesy of ASU)

State Highway 23, nicknamed the Pig Trail, is well-known for its steep drops, sharp curves and scenic mountain views. (Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

Southern Arkansas running back Dennis Daniels of Warren bursts through a big hole during the Muleriders’ 48-9 homecoming win over East Central University on October 20, 2018. (Photo by Brenna Johnson courtesy of SAU)

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Football Season

Arkansas players run onto the field at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium last year. The “Running Through the A” tradition is beloved by the marching band and the players as well as alumni and fans. (Photo courtesy of the University of Arkansas)

“We’re on our way to see the Hogs play!” Or the Red Wolves. Or the Bears, the Muleriders, the Golden Lions, the Wonder Boys, the Boll Weevils or a number of other college football teams in the Natural State. In autumn as reds, yellows and oranges paint the trees with colorful foliage, college football entices fans to put on their school colors and head for stadiums around the state for tasty tailgating and exciting action on the field. Slogans, flags and handmade signs will be in evidence not only on Interstates 30 and 40, but on roads and highways all over the state as fans drive to college towns across Arkansas. Central Arkansas running back Carlos Blackman (23) during If you’re headed to Razorback Stadium in pregame festivities of a home game at First Security Field at Estes Fayetteville, I-49 will get you there while offering Stadium in 2018. (Photo courtesy of UCA) some great views. Or the Pig Trail aka Arkansas 23 will provide breath-taking scenery and more than just a few hairpin turns. For ASU fans, it may be U.S. 67 to Jonesboro; others might be taking Highway 371 to SAU at Magnolia or staying on I-40 to get to UCA at Conway or Arkansas Tech at Russellville. And the views are almost always stunning on Scenic 7, whether you’re going to Tech or to Henderson State or Ouachita Baptist at Arkadelphia. Wherever you’re headed on these college football weekends, allow plenty of time, enjoy the spectacular fall leaves, consult ARDOT’s for road conditions and current construction projects, and then enjoy cheering your team on to victory. – Bill Paddack (Photo by Bill Paddack)

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Good Roads Executive Director Joe Quinn and Independence County Judge Robert Griffin walk along a rural road in Independence County.

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From the Executive Director

Local Leaders Say Loss Of Current Road Funding Would be Devastating

By Joe Quinn, Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Executive Director In many ways there are probably no Arkansas elected officials who have a better finger on the pulse of a community than a county judge or small town mayor. Spend some time wandering through a county courthouse, or a modest city hall that shares space with the recreation department, and you come away with the sense that resources are limited. Some people believe the stereotype that any government agency has money to spare, or that any budget problem can be solved if existing resources are allocated differently, but the reality is often a long way from that. Budgets are often tight for local road improvements or upgrades, and elected officials often must answer questions from residents who only look at the issue from the perspective of “their” road. A seasoned Arkansas politician asked recently, “Do you know what the most important road in the state is? It’s the road in front of your house.” There is more than a little truth to that statement. Follow the Cars? Arkansas Department of Transportation officials are often asked if they think that road and bridge funding should “follow the cars.” Meaning, are we spending the bulk of the available resources on the most heavily traveled roads? There are a lot of ways to discuss this issue, but the simple answer is that roughly 90% of the road funds in Arkansas go to roughly 50% of the roads that carry more than 90% of the traffic. At both the state and local level, road budgets are being managed carefully with a good deal of thought and planning. And a genuine effort is made to use resources in a way that benefits the most citizens. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin makes an effective case that the cost of repairing roads in his county has rapidly outpaced available road repair funds. Also making it complex to keep up is the fact

that if you have a dollar for road repair, a significant piece goes for salaries, trucks, oil changes and supplies. On an overcast afternoon recently, Griffin was walking along an isolated rural road pointing out that in the bend in the road we were looking at, it would probably cost at least $20,000 to repair just this one small section. Extending the Tax In November 2020 Arkansas voters will be asked to vote yes or no on extending an existing sales tax to pay for better roads and bridges. The key word there is “extending,” because if the measure fails to pass at least $86 million dollars currently going to cities and counties will be eliminated from existing local road budgets. So elected officials like Griffin will see the budget problems they are currently dealing with get about 30% worse. On the north side of Independence County, Mayor Jonas Anderson manages the road budget in Cave City, a rural community known for its legendary watermelon crop. Anderson points out that when he considers his annual expenditures on road upgrades, he considers the basics. He worries about roads so narrow that a school bus has problems passing a parked car on either side of the street. This small town road budget would be decimated with the loss of its small piece of the $86 million the sales tax is currently generating for local communities. Sometimes the word “infrastructure” implies to people that new resources going to road and bridge work means building new superhighways. The reality is the bulk of the money being spent in Arkansas is spent locally with many of the associated planning and budget decisions made by local leaders. Judge Griffin and Mayor Anderson know more about what their communities need than we do.   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 17

AGRF Scholarships

Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Scholarship Recipients for 2019

worked at the department, and this scholarship program One of the best days of the year at Arkansas Good supports that. It’s fun to see different generations of Roads is the day we give $5,000 scholarships to a group engineers in one place and get the feeling that the right of bright Arkansas engineering students. people are thinking about complex road and bridge These are the young people who will help our state challenges of the future. deal with the transportation From left in the photo above challenges of the future. They These are the young people are Bob Crafton, a member of the attend both the University of who will help our state deal Good Roads Foundation Board Arkansas at Fayetteville and UALR in Little Rock. with the transportation who has had a wonderful career and also graduated from UA; recipient Harold Beaver of the challenges of the future. Emily Sherrill, who attended high AGRF Executive Board has school in Rogers before heading been the driving force behind this great program for many years now. Harold is a proud to the UA; recipient Mariah Crews, who wants to find a career in transit or transportation infrastructure; Dr. alum who graduated from the engineering school at the Norman Dennis, Senior Associate Dean and University UA, and he reminds the students of today that this one Professor, UA College of Engineering; recipient scholarship check is more than he paid for an entire Madeline Giebler, who came to the UA from Missouri education in Fayetteville. and is interested in transportation systems; Harold Our program is designed to give the scholarship Beaver of the Good Roads Foundation Board; recipient funding to students who want to stay at home and have Justin Edwards, who is from Paragould and is studying careers in Arkansas. at the UA College of Engineering; and recipient Brady Arkansas Department of Transportation support Patrick from Springdale, who is interested in building makes all of this possible. The culture at ARDOT is one impactful structures in the future. in which generations of engineers from one family have 18   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

AGRF Scholarships

Mark St. Pierre, Jr., is studying civil and construction engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His AGRF scholarship check was presented by Shannon Newton and D.D. Hill, III, both of the Good Roads Foundation Board. Mark says he wants to find a career path that keeps him in Arkansas. He is a sophomore and like all of the smart young people receiving these scholarships, he has a very high grade point average. The Good Roads Board is proud of this program that works to keep our best and brightest in Arkansas after graduation.

AGRF Board member Harold Beaver presents a scholarship check to Jocie Baker. Jocie already has a B.S. in physics and math and is now pursuing a civil engineering degree. She previously has worked for a highway construction contractor and for the Corps of Engineers in Little Rock.

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Behind the Wheel with Alan Sanden 20   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019


FedEx Office Technology Expert On Safety, Apps, Routes He Takes Alan Sanden was born and raised in California. He grew up in Santa Clarita, a suburb of Los Angeles, and, of course, did plenty of driving on California freeways with their quick traffic and, um, assertive drivers. “You’re pretty much on each other’s bumpers,” he said of driving in the Golden State. “You have to be super aggressive.” So while Sanden sees Arkansas’ highway system as a little “behind the game,” he’s found plenty to like in his adopted state. “If you like to be outside, this is a great place to be,” said Sanden, who enjoys hitting trails around the state with his family to hike and bike. “There’s stuff to do year-round.” He’s a field technology specialist for FedEx Office and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Jill, and their children, Carter, 9, and Gracie, 7. His job puts him behind the wheel a lot, helping maintain the company’s computer systems in Central and Northwest Arkansas as well as Tulsa. He previously found himself driving in parts of Louisiana and Texas as well. We asked him about the various roads he travels.

Google Maps to Waze. I use Yelp and TripAdvisor to find restaurants. For weather, I use the Weather Channel, Storm Shield and NOAA Radar. When talking to my family while I’m out of town, I use FaceTime on iPhone.

Why do good highways and safety mean a lot to you and your family? For my job, I spend quite a bit of time behind the windshield traveling in and out of state, to taxiing kids to and from school, church, sporting events and other activities that they participate in. We’re constantly driving somewhere. Therefore, it’s important to my family and me that our highways are safe and easy to use so that my family is safe. The recent widening of our local interstates has been really nice and has made travel much easier and safer. What are your favorite travel apps? I use quite a few apps when I travel. For GPS, I bounce around from the Maps app on iPhone to

The Sandens – Alan and Jill with son Carter and daughter Gracie on a recent family trip.

Opposite page: Alan Sanden frequently finds himself on the road to Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa as a field technology specialist for FedEx Office. (Photo by Bill Paddack)

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In 2016 and 2017 when my area included Tyler What roads are you on frequently? and Longview, Texas, I’d take 30 to Mount Pleasant, Since district realignment in 2017, my coverage Texas, then take U.S. 271 to Tyler and from Tyler to includes Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa. The Tulsa trip consists of taking I-430 to I-40 and following I-40 Longview I would head north on US-271, then to I-20 east to Texas 31 before heading back to Little Rock on west to Oklahoma 351/Muskogee Turnpike west into U.S. 59. Tulsa. When I’m in Tulsa, I use I-44, I-224, I-44/US-66 I’m not opposed to What about Oklahoma’s and US-169 to Owasso and Broken Arrow. toll roads, and I think toll roads? I definitely like using My travel to NWA Arkansas should Oklahoma’s toll roads. Some involves taking I-40 to I-540 to Fort Smith. Leaving there, consider them. of the advantages are that they are more direct routes, almost I head back on I-530 to I-40 Alan Sanden always four-lane highways to I-49 North to Fayetteville, with few, if any curves, so it is Rogers and Bentonville. This easier to travel on and less likely of an accident. The drive is my favorite during the fall season. When I’m tolls vary, but are reasonable, especially if you’re in a in town, I use 430, 630, 30 and 67/167. hurry or want to avoid city traffic. From January 2015 to May 2016, my coverage You’ve heard it said that part of the enjoyment of included the upper half of Louisiana so my monthly doing something isn’t the end result, but the process travel consisted of I-430 to I-30 to I-49 until I made itself. The same can be said for traveling. If you have it to the Bossier City/Shreveport area. Once there, I more time on your hands, driving the back roads would travel it in a loop and go from I-49 to I-20 and can be more interesting and a good way to see the make it to Monroe, then head south to Alexandria on real countryside. You may want to take advantage of 165. both. In areas where you’ll have heavy traffic or there’s nothing interesting to see, take the toll roads. Use the highways and back roads for places you don’t want to miss. I’m not opposed to toll roads, and I think Arkansas should consider them. It could help with maintaining our heavily traveled road infrastructure. The toll roads would be able to absorb some of the traffic that would otherwise use non-toll highways and interstates. The result is a decrease in overall traffic congestion. If they start the use of toll roads, I hope they implement open-road tolling, which eliminates the need to stop at toll booths. Photo by Bill Paddack

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Guest Commentary

Stop for the Flashing Red Lights; It’s Illegal to Pass a Stopped Bus Gov. Asa Hutchinson

lives of our students 15 percent of the time. As our children start a new school year, I’d like to This is a slight increase over last year. The most focus on the “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.” campaign. frightening statistic is that 12 drivers passed a bus on I’ve known that vehicles are supposed to stop the right side where the children board. for a bus since I was a young student in Gravette. I Police agencies, including the Arkansas State routinely walked the half mile to catch a bus to school. Police, ticket drivers who illegally pass a bus. In 2017, Our bus driver was protective of his young passengers, troopers wrote 322 tickets, and so anytime a car passed when Put another way, and last year, they wrote red lights were flashing, if he could read the tag, he would write it drivers chose to 285. This year, members of the 92nd General Assembly down and report the car. ignore the flashing passed and I signed a law The purpose of the “Flashing increases the penalty for Red. Kids Ahead.” slogan is to red lights and that illegally passing a bus. make everyone aware that it is endangered the lives No one would illegal to pass a stopped bus. This intentionally endanger a is the seventh year the Arkansas of our students 15 child, but we can’t be careless Department of Education has percent of the time. around school buses. focused on the responsibility of In August, Secretary of drivers to stop every time they Education Johnny Key hosted a “Flashing Red. Kids encounter a school bus with its stop signs out and red Ahead.” assembly in the rotunda of the Capitol. One lights flashing. of the speakers was William Brian. He is the father of Even with the ongoing emphasis, some drivers Isaac Brian, the 9-year-old who was killed in Saline aren’t heeding the message. Each day of the 178-day County in 2004 when a woman failed to stop for his school year, approximately 6,000 buses transport school bus as he dashed for home after a day at school. 350,000 students to and from school. Every year, In his brief remarks, Isaac’s father appealed to all on one day in April, the department asks bus drivers of us who drive to always stop when you see a around the state to record school bus stopped, so that no other family suffers the number of drivers the tragedy his family endured. who ignore the flashing In 2004, city leaders, legislators and educators lights and pass a stopped mobilized as soon as they heard about the death. school bus. During the 2005 General Assembly, both houses This year, in the of the Legislature unanimously passed a law that one-day survey, drivers increased the penalty for drivers who illegally pass reported 884 motorists a bus. illegally passing a bus. They named the legislation Isaac’s Law in honor of That means drivers illegally passed 15 percent of our the 9-year-old who never saw the car coming. stopped school buses. Put another way, drivers chose “Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.” to ignore the flashing red lights and endangered the   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 23

AAPA’s Park Estes On Teamwork, Infrastructure & What It Will Take To Win at the Polls 24   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

Photo by Bill Paddack

Member Profile By Bill Paddack “I grew up in a sports family of coaches and Park Estes was raised, as he puts it, in a “sports understood that working as a team rather than individuals atmosphere.” offers a much better chance of a win, no matter what His father was a high school coach and later a you are doing,” he said. “This group came together principal. Estes played sports while growing up in and worked tirelessly to promote and educate about the Oklahoma and Kansas, including football on the college importance and benefits that additional funding would level at Wichita State. So it’s not surprising that he can provide Arkansas. Also, hats off to the legislators that remember riding on a team bus as early as age 5. And understood the importance of passing this funding plan. it’s certainly not unexpected that he has long valued It was not an easy vote for many, but at the end of the teamwork. day they knew something had to be done. They showed Basketball great Michael Jordan has been quoted great wisdom and vision by passing this legislation. as saying, “Talent wins games but teamwork and “Another thing that needs to be understood and is intelligence win championships.” Estes undoubtedly hard to articulate, is the leadership Governor Hutchinson would add that this applies to business – and life – as has provided on this initiative. He was and is critical to well. the passage of the whole highway plan. We are fortunate “The need for teamwork to have Asa Hutchinson as to accomplish goals was Our industry is involved in our governor.” instilled in me,” he said. “I Estes has worked in the work of over 90% of grew up with it. Everything construction-related fields I’ve been involved with of his career. Positions the roads in Arkansas and most has necessitated working along the way include being together as a team.” money to maintain and a sales manager for Lion Oil The executive director and vice president for sales build beautiful safe roads and business development of the Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association gives a satisfaction for APAC-Central, Inc. since June 2016, Estes, He now finds himself of a job well done. running an organization 60, was instrumental last year in organizing what - Park Estes that he previously served as became known as the chairman. Roads and Bridges Funding “We have a lot of good Coalition. These entities, which included the Arkansas members,” he said of AAPA, “and we work with them Good Roads Foundation, worked together to come up on a lot of different issues. This position provides an with what would become Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $300 opportunity to have an impact in the industry. It’s a very million highway plan that was approved by the Arkansas satisfying job. You have the opportunity every day to do General Assembly to provide more funding for the something positive in the industry you’re in.” Arkansas Department of Transportation. We asked the affable Estes about the AAPA, Estes was able to put those lessons learned from infrastructure and the governor’s plan. sports to good use. Obviously, members of the AAPA believe in “After not getting any funding in the 2017 session, promoting the usage of quality asphalt in Arkansas. we knew we had to do something different to get results But tell us a little about the work of the association and regarding funding for our roads and bridges,” he recalls. why a good state highway system is important to your “I was fairly new to the AAPA director’s position, but members. saw during the 2017 session that there were others that You are correct. AAPA was established to promote saw the need for obtaining funding for our roads and “quality” asphalt in Arkansas. We have a partnership bridges. with ARDOT and work closely with them in regards to “These were not just builders of the infrastructure technical asphalt mix issues and field constructability system, but users of the system as well. The fact is, users issues. We meet regularly and have positive solutions in the coalition outnumbered the builders. The members which benefit both of our entities, but most of all the taxof the coalition are consummate professionals and very paying and traveling public. motivated to get the job done. We were all after the same However, we have many other initiatives and thing, but we were not unified in our efforts to achieve activities we are involved in. All of our members place a the goal. priority on a safe work environment, and we have regular   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 25

Member Profile safety meetings get the additional funding for a total of $300 million per that are open to year for ARDOT, they will have to start thinking about any member. All letting some roads go back to gravel to address other of those members roads that aren’t as deteriorated. cross-share best Then there are bridges, almost all of them are in practices of what need of some type of repair and maintenance across the they do to ensure state. However, to get all of that done we have to have the safety of their consistent and known funding to address these needs. employees. We ARDOT has done a good job of managing its money are also involved versus the needs of the entire system ... there just simply in legislative is not enough of it to do the job adequately. activity, workforce Another top need in our industry is qualified people development to work in our business. This is an issue across the initiatives and nation that will only become more critical in the future provide scholarship and when we get the additional funding we are after. money to increase We have opportunities for individuals that have college interest in our degrees and those that do not. Our business is much industry. more technical than most folks not familiar with our The reasons it is industry realize. important for our We recently hosted an event for Congressman Rick members to have Crawford’s STEM group at an asphalt and quarry site. a good highway They were amazed when they discovered that we offer system are the same something in all of the Science, Technology, Engineering as anybody else and Math areas. If anyone out there is reading this and that uses the roads. they are interested or know someone that is interested, First, we have to call me, we need you! So you can see that it is hard to have safe roads and define any one area that is most important as they are all bridges as all of us so integrally important in the big picture. take kids to school, Photo by Bill Paddack A critical part of the governor’s plan is the extension go to the grocery of the existing half-cent sales tax that will be brought store, go on vacations, to ball games, etc. It’s also before Arkansas voters in the 2020 general election. cheaper to travel on well-maintained and safe roads from Why is approval of this ballot issue so important? And a repair and insurance perspective. what will it take to get a victory at the polls? Our AAPA members get up every day with the desire to bring The Good Stuff everybody home safe and to do the best work they can possibly Name: Park Estes do. Our industry is involved in the Hometown: Born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma work of over 90% of the roads in Family: Wife Lisa; children Lindsey Goodwin, Sydney Smith, Emily Pittman; six Arkansas and money to maintain granddaughters ... even my dog (Sophie, a Westie) is female. and build beautiful safe roads gives a satisfaction of a job well done. Hobbies: Golf, hunting, bike and motorcycling riding, traveling, BBQ’ing. What do you see as the top Favorite Food: Fresh caught seafood when at the coast with Key Lime pie needs in Arkansas regarding Favorite Music: Classic rock and classic country. infrastructure? First Car: ‘70 something red four-door Ford LTD. I could get half my class in it. Where do I start and how do Favorite sports team: Razorbacks ... unless they are playing the Sooners, sorry! I prioritize ... there are so many What’s Always With You When You Travel: A fan ... no fan, no sleep. needs at this point and time. Favorite quote or slogan: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do From a roads standpoint, our for others and the world remains immortal.” – Albert Pike. secondary roads are in dire need of maintenance and rehab. We are at Favorite Stretch of Highway in Arkansas: Highway 7 between Russellville and the point right now, that if we don’t Jasper on a motorcycle. 26   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

Member Profile The reasons are numerous. Again, the safety of our from the current half-cent program. It will be able to do roads and bridges is paramount and can’t be overstated. even more with extending the money in the future. There After that, this plan will create and maintain thousands is much more flexibility regarding what ARDOT can use of good-paying jobs every year. Also, every dollar that the money for if it is extended. is invested in infrastructure goes around in the economy What some folks don’t realize is that even though three to five times, and enhances tourism as well. It is a they didn’t directly benefit from the current half-cent proven fact that infrastructure investment is probably the money, more than likely they benefitted indirectly as best investment we can make as a it has freed up traditional funds state based on the return. to address roads in their area that Also, what has to be understood otherwise may have not been AAPA At a Glance is the cut in funding the cities and available. Address: 301 S. Victory, Little Rock, counties will take if the existing tax Voting for road and bridge AR 72201 is not extended. For some it will funding is not a new thing for the Phone: 501-219-1100 be in the hundreds of thousands of voters of Arkansas; we have had Website: dollars per year that are at stake. three other successful votes to help Twitter: @AAPA_AR If a voter doesn’t like the way address our needs. The difference Mission: Arkansas Asphalt roads look now, just think what this time is that this is a long-term Pavement Association membership will happen if we do not get the plan verses a temporary plan and represents the paving contractors, extension of the half cent. will bring benefits to Arkansans hot mix asphalt producers, refiner/ To achieve victory at the for generations. Arkansas voters merchandiser members, aggregate polls, it will take a coordinated are smart and understand the issues producers and associate members. and committed effort by many to when presented the facts, and by educate the voting public what is The goals of the association November of next year they will at stake regarding passage or not of be equipped with those to make an are quality asphalt through this plan. ARDOT has done what educated vote for the prosperity of communication, design, research it said it would do with the money our state. and education.


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Side Roads

Nearly $74M of Surplus To Go for Road Needs The state Department of Finance and Administration on July 2 said Arkansas ended its fiscal year with a $295.4 million budget surplus – the second-highest in the past decade – bolstered by higher-than-expected individual and corporate income tax collections, and nearly $74 million of that will go toward highway needs. A quarter of the surplus, about $73.8 million, will be transferred to the Arkansas Department of Transportation for road maintenance and construction, under state law, and the remaining amount will be split between two state reserve funds. Of that roughly $73.8 million in surplus funds flowing to ARDOT, spokesman Danny Straessle said $50 million will be used as matching funds for federal highway dollars. “The remaining will go toward general highway maintenance, including repairs to those impacted by the recent flooding,” he said. 28   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

Earlier this year, the General Assembly approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s plan to raise more than $300 million annually for state highways. His plan taps gambling tax receipts, increases fuel taxes and raises annual registration fees for electric and hybrid cars. The Legislature also referred a constitutional amendment to the November 2020 ballot that would make permanent an existing half-percent sales tax for road construction and maintenance.

Public Spending on Infrastructure Falls $9.9 Billion From 2007-2017 According to a report by the Brookings Institution, total public spending on infrastructure in the United States fell by $9.9 billion from 2007 to 2017. “While federal, state and local governments have spent nominally more on infrastructure in recent years, the rising cost of materials has reduced their real spending power,” the report said. “As a result, real infrastructure spending nationally has fallen over the past decade, from $450.4 billion in 2007 to $440.5 billion in 2017.”

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The report noted that real spending in 2009 and 2010 surged after the one-time stimulus of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, passed as a response to the Great Recession. However, “this bump was short lived, and spending levels have increased only marginally over the last five years — even as many states and localities have improved their fiscal health since the Great Recession.”

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Highway in Western Arkansas On July 1, a small plane crash-landed on State Highway 59 in western Arkansas. No injuries were reported. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said the single-engine plane went down just before noon south of Van Buren on Arkansas 59. The pilot was trying to make an emergency landing and the landing gear failed, he said. Arkansas State Police and Federal Aviation Administration agents reviewed the incident. An FAA registry showed the plane was owned by BAP Group LLC in Fort Smith. ARDOT closed part of the highway for a short time and diverted traffic around the wreck.

Removal of Traffic Signal Allows Highway 376 to Flow Free at Hoxie HOXIE – Traffic on State Highway 367 at this Northeast Arkansas town is free flowing and no longer required to stop. Crews from the City of Hoxie, G/G Electric, Union Pacific Railroad and ARDOT have removed the existing traffic signal equipment at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63B and State Highway 367. For several months the signal had operated in flash mode, requiring traffic from all four directions to stop. Since removal, State Highway 367 is free flowing, and U.S. Highway 63B and the opposing traffic from Lindsey Street have stop signs. In recent months, ARDOT conducted a traffic study that revealed the traffic signal was no longer warranted. The City of Hoxie realized the signal needed many repairs or a complete remodeling project at great expense and asked ARDOT to review to determine if in fact the signal was still needed. These highways once carried a heavy traffic load but now both U.S. Highways 67 and 63 bypass the community and have changed the traffic movements since the signal was installed in the early 1990s.

928 Airport Road Hot Springs, AR 71913 Phone: 501-767-2366 Fax: 501-767-6859 Website: AN ARKANSAS FIRM PROVIDING QUALITY CIVIL/STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND SURVEYING SERVICES SINCE 1972   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 29

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ARDOT Receives Grant to Replace 14 Bridges in Mississippi County

Delegation Members Announce Grant for SE Arkansas Upgrades

In late August, the Arkansas Department of Transportation was awarded a federal competitive grant totaling $16.1 million to replace 14 bridges in Mississippi County that agency officials say will improve Mississippi County is highlighted in this map of farmers’ access to market. Arkansas. Twenty projects in 18 states were awarded grants totaling $225 million focusing on work that can demonstrate cost savings by bundling at least two highway projects into a single contract. The bridges on Arkansas 77, Arkansas 140, Arkansas 158 and Arkansas 181 near Osceola all have components that are in poor condition, and six of the bridges have posted weight limits. All are within 10 miles of Interstate 55, which ties the Northeast Arkansas region to Memphis and St. Louis. Northeast Arkansas has the higher concentration of bridges that are in poor condition or weight-limited than any other part of the state, according to the department. “These highway bridges provide access to vast acres of agricultural land and provide connectivity to the regional and interstate highways that are used to convey those agricultural goods to market,” state highway officials said in the application, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Several of these bridges are at a critical stage of structural degradation and must be replaced urgently to maintain the economic vitality of this region of the Arkansas Delta.” ARDOT had sought $22.2 million in its application and had committed $5.5 million in state money toward the project for a total of $27.7 million. ARDOT Public Information Officer Danny Straessle said the project will be fully funded, which will require ARDOT to contribute an additional $6 million. “We’re going to do the whole program as outlined in that application,” he said. “We will make up the difference.” Straessle added that ARDOT anticipates awarding a contract by the end of 2021.

Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Congressmen Rick Crawford and Bruce Westerman in July announced that the Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana Multimodal Freight Corridor project has been awarded $10.5 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The funds were awarded Congressman to the Southeast Arkansas Bruce Westerman Economic Development District on a competitive basis from DOT’s Improvement Project Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. The funds will be used to modernize and improve rail safety infrastructure along the freight corridor – which runs from McGehee to Tallulah, La. – while also improving the regional connectivity of three inland waterway ports. This grant will provide the necessary funds to improve the connectivity and efficiency of their rail systems and inland waterways. “As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m thrilled to see so many resources allocated to improving rail and waterway infrastructure,” Westerman said. “In a rural state, modern, safe and efficient railways and ports are crucial parts of driving economic growth. The devastating flooding we experienced this year showed how essential it is to upgrade Arkansas’s infrastructure, and this grant is a huge step in the right direction.” Boozman said it was exciting news for the region. “The economic benefits of increased rail and river traffic are vital to the long-term growth in Southeast Arkansas,” he said. “The Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana Multimodal Freight Corridor is the type of project that could serve as a national model for how smart infrastructure investments can spur results and drive lasting benefits for economies in rural America.”

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By the Numbers

Construction work continues to widen Interstate 630 in Little Rock. This project is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program, which is funded through a 10-year, half-cent sales tax. I-630 is being widened to four lanes in each direction (eight total) for 2.2 miles between the Big Rock Interchange and University Avenue. The widening is estimated to be complete in early 2020. (Photo by Bill Paddack)


The amount of the combined bids by Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., of Columbia, Mo., to build the final segments of the Bella Vista Bypass in Arkansas over the next two years. On Aug. 1, the State Highway Commission approved the bids. One is for a 2.4-mile segment of the bypass, from Benton County Road 34 to the Missouri state line. The other is for a single-point urban interchange for the bypass at U.S. Highway 71B, in north Bentonville. As it is, existing segments of the bypass comprise Arkansas Highway 549 but would become part of Interstate 49 when the 18.9-mile bypass is completed.


Estimated economic activity over 10 years that the Governor’s Long-Term Highway Funding Plan will provide, according to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

3,596 According to the same report, the number of jobs the governor’s plan will support each year.


The approximate number of students who ride one of some 6,000 school buses every school day in Arkansas.


In June, the State Highway Commission approved a bid and awarded a contract for this amount to Phillips Hardy, Inc., of Boonville, Mo., for improvements to a roadway in Cross County. The purpose of this project is to prevent flooding and improve drainage on State Highway 350 west of Wynne by replacing a box culvert structure under a railroad and widening the existing ditch.   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 31

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. 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 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 Clark Machinery Company Commercial Bank - Monticello Contractor’s Specialty Service Company Cowling Title Crafton-Tull & Associates Crisp Contractors Curt Green & Company, LLC D.B. Hill Contracting Dan Flowers David Howard Delta Asphalt Dermott Industrial Developement 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 Harold Beaver Hines Trucking Inc. Horatio State Bank Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Hudson, Cisne & Company Hutchens Construction Company I 49 International Coalition Jack Buffington Jeffrey Sand Company 32   Good Roads Foundation |   Fall 2019

Jensen Construction Company Jim Wooten JoAnne Bush Johnnie Bolin Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Kiewit Company Koss LaCroix Optical Company Larco, Inc. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Lion Oil Company M & T Paving and Construction Company, Inc. Maxwell Hardwood Flooring McGeorge Contracting Company, Inc. Merchants & Farmers Bank Midwest Lime Company Millar, Inc. Mobley General Contractors Monticello Economic Developement Commission Murphy USA 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 Sweetser Construction Time Striping, Inc. Tom Schueck Tyson Foods, Inc. University of Arkansas Upper SW Regional Solid Waste Management District Walmart Weaver-Bailey Contractors, Inc. Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority White River Health Systems

Executive Board

Dan Flowers, President North Little Rock

D.B. Hill, III, Vice President Little Rock

JoAnn Bush Lake Village

Harold Beaver Rogers

Bob Crafton, Secretary/Treasurer Rogers

Mark Hayes Little Rock

Clay McGeorge Little Rock

Robert Moery Little Rock

Shannon Newton Little Rock

Tom Schueck Little Rock

Chris Villines Little Rock

Jim Wooten Beebe

Mark Lamberth Batesville

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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 10324 Interstate 30 | Little Rock, AR 72209 | |

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Back Talk

“Here in this city, we love building roundabouts. We love eliminating traffic congestion. We love getting people from point A to point B as quickly as possible.” – Bobby Kelly, spokesman for the City of Conway, which is planning to add more roundabouts to aid traffic flow.

This double roundabout in Conway was part of a widening project on Dave Ward Drive by the Rogers Group. (Photo courtesy of the Rogers Group)

“We do a bridge report every year. It gets a lot of attention, but I’ll fundamentally tell anybody and everybody, we don’t do that because we think there’s a bridge crisis. We have a bridge crisis, we have a road crisis, we have an airport crisis, we have a public transportation crisis. The bridge report is just data that is available and that we can quantify. It’s symptomatic, but it’s not exclusive to bridges. Forty thousand [structurally deficient] bridges is a lot of bridges. But if you think 40,000 bridges is a lot, we have just as many lane miles of highway that need work. We have just as many public transportation facilities that need work.”

“Based on the data out there, how old is the pavement, how many cars are there, what’s the accident rate... all types of formulas; that’s how it’s decided where the money gets spent.”

– ARDOT spokesman – American Road & Transportation Builders Danny Straessle Association President & CEO Dave Bauer, in an interview with Governing magazine. This year’s bridge report says it would take more than 80 years to fix all the structurally deficient bridges in the country at the rate we are fixing them now.   Fall 2019 | Good Roads Foundation 35

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