If weather and equipment cooperate, the City of Hot Springs’ 2013 Paving Program will begin today, Thursday, July 25, improving the driving conditions of 27 city street segments representing a total of 4.3 linear miles (paving map attached).
Each year, using combined input from the public along with the Hot Springs Board of Directors and city staff, street needs are assessed, prioritized and ultimately approved in the city’s annual budget. This year, 1.3 linear miles of paving were added to the original 3-mile plan, after the Board of Directors approved the use of funds from the State of Arkansas’ new ½ cent sales tax.
The paving process generally includes prior repair and upgrade of public and private utilities. Cleaning and repair of drainage structures is the next step, followed by trimming overhead limbs and removing overgrowth from street shoulders. Cold-milling, or surface smoothing, and cleanup of debris is next, followed by asphalt paving. Afterwards, storm grates, manholes, water valves and handicap ramps are adjusted to match grade. Finally, the street is newly striped.
Residents are asked in advance to remove their vehicles from the target area. They can further assist the paving process by finding alternate routes to avoid active paving when possible.
Those with questions about the paving program can call 321-6865. The entire program is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.