BY LEANN DILBECK –
After the area experienced 4+ inches of rain earlier in the week, a section of the newly paved South Mena Street is already buckling. Street Department Manager Roy Harris advised the Mena City Council during their October meeting held Tuesday night.
According to Harris, there is red clay under the pavement and therefore the asphalt is getting water up through it and causing it to break and buckle. He said evidently there was a cut or an old culvert below that wasn’t detected prior to the paving. He said the contractor will be notified and will advise the city of the best method to repair.
Harris did explain that section of road had been milled to address flooding issues at Mena Cosmetology School caused by the road’s elevation. He said that even after the overlay the road was 4-6 inches below the prior level and therefore, should alleviate the flooding issues experienced by the Cosmetology School.
Mayor George McKee explained that the department was working under a very tight schedule for that project, trying to re-open the road as soon as possible for the businesses.
No timetable was provided for the repairs.