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Bethel repairs roads

Anyone who has driven around Bethel Springs lately will notice the ride is much less bumpy than  it was on many of its streets and roads.

This is because of a new street repair program. About half of the work is done, according to City Recorder Erin Pickle.

Pickle told the Independent Appeal that they are putting asphalt on all of the major roads with potholes and will put gravel on some of the others.

Repairs have been done on Sandy Flat Road, Jackson  Street, Buena Vista Road, Main Street, Washington Street and Masseyville Road.

They will put milling on some surfaces that are worn out. The milling, which is very fine, will melt and make the roads more level, Pickle said.

Milling is necessary because so much damage has been done to some of the roads.

They are also putting some culverts in.

“We are trying to get major things done,” Pickle said.

They are also trying to repair the worst roads first, and trying to be fair, according to Pickle.

Depending on the weather, repairs may be finished in a couple of weeks.

The city is able to make these repairs despite its tight budget because it received some grant money.

They received a bridge grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

They are using the money only for the purposes allowed by the grant. “We have to be really selective,” commented Pickle.

About $25,000 has been spent so far on the work.

Tim Harriman from Arkansas is doing the work. 

“He is doing a really good job,” Pickle said.

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