The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors voted to appropriate $15,780 from the city’s street fund for the street repairs to be made by Spa Construction on Sixth Street from Cherry to Ouachita Street during their meeting last week.

The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors voted to appropriate $15,780 from the city’s street fund for the street repairs to be made by Spa Construction on Sixth Street from Cherry to Ouachita Street during their meeting last week.
According to Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley, Dr. Ben Sells, president of Ouachita Baptist University approached the city regarding street improvements around the university.
“We had discussed micro-sealing streets with Ouachita reimbursing us for areas within the university,” said Brinkley.
The streets in and around the college are the old cement streets, which is not conducive to micro-sealing.
“Therefore, OBU went forward with getting bids to make the improvements by tacking and overlaying the streets,” Brinkley.
According to Brinkley, OBU intends to spend $46,012 on Ouachita Street and internal roads within the campus that are used by the public.
“Additionally, they received a price to improve Sixth Street from Cherry to Ouachita,” said Brinkley, who noted the cost to tack coat is $15,780.
Brinkley said Ouachita requested the city’s participation in the repair as Sixth Street is a primary city street.
“We are fortunate to be able to leverage their efforts. We have the $15,780 in the street fund to cover the expense and receive an expanded benefit by OBU paying $46,012 for improvements,” said Brinkley.
According to OBU president Ben Sells, the work is expected to be completed by Aug. 10, which is prior to the start of fall classes.