Logan County Judge Gus Young announced last week that Lyles Chapel Road will be closed starting Monday, Oct. 7 and will remain closed until a culvert project is completed.
In late July state officials awarded a contract to Hardrock Construction of Russellville to replace a box culvert on Lyles Chapel Road — County Road 515. The contract was for $268,412.04.
At that time Young said the project would entail tearing out the current ill-conceived design, lowering the road and installing the box culvert.
The problem with the current culvert, Young said when the contract was announced, was created when the road was paved. Specifically, the problem is water backs up onto the property of one resident and, in the case of heavy rains, has caused flooding of the resident’s carport and home.
Young said it was unclear how long the road would be closed with weather being the unknown variable. Young also said residents, and or other people needing to travel in and out of the area can do so via Barber Ridge Road.
The county road project is funded through the State Aid Road Program established by the legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. This Program provides approximately $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing on the county road system.
Young said the cost of the project essentially exhausts the county’s turnback funds for the year.