Adams Street 2014 Drainage Improvements

Project Description

Little Rock voters passed a 3/8 cent sales tax in 2011 to fund street and drainage improvements for the City. It was anticipated that the tax would generate $72 million in capital funding over a 10-year period. Little Rock’s Public Works Department solicited project requests from across the City to equitably distribute the benefit from the tax to all of its citizens. This project was one of the improvements selected for implementation in Ward 2. Adams Street north of 12th was one of the few neighborhoods in Little Rock that utilized deep open top drainage channels for stormwater management. The channels were a safety hazard and also represented a public health issue. In addition to the serious drainage deficiencies, the street section was in need of replacement. Hawkins-Weir Engineers designed a fully enclosed drainage system for this street section in addition to resurfacing. The budget for this project was $1,000,000. The low bid received was within budget at approximately $907,000. Significant utility relocation was required for this project, which has delayed its implementation. Construction of this project is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2017.