BY MELANIE BUCK –
The City of Mena has wrapped up their annual street overlay program where almost twenty streets received some improvements. B & L Paving of Oden was the contractor for the program. Their low bid of $103.50 per ton for the approximate 3,600 tons used to pave streets and alleyways comes to $372,600.
Streets that received improvements were Whispering Pines, 11th Street from Hickory to Magnolia, Bolton Avenue, Gary Drive, Eve Street, Reeves Avenue, Sherwood Avenue, Maple Avenue, 1st Street, Hickory Avenue, Hamilton Avenue, Midland Drive, 8th Street, Gilham Avenue, 9th Street, the Alley behind Skyline Café from Maple to Janssen, the Alley beside Brodix from Maple to Port Arthur, the City Parking Lot on the corner of Mena and Maple, and Merle Street.
The City is also currently improvement several sidewalks. Glennaire Construction won the low bid on the project, bidding $26.50 per linear foot for concrete construction and $1,353.25 for each curb cut/handicapped ramp installed. Sidewalk repairs and replacements will occur in some areas of downtown, residential areas, and areas around the perimeter of Janssen Park to fix damage or deterioration.