Work begins on Hino Road bridge

Work begins on Hino Road bridge

Long overdue project slated for two- month completion schedule

At long last the Hino Road bridge repair has begun.

The bridge formed part of the line between Marion and West Memphis and the two cities shared grant matching funds. The work to replace the decking was delayed when right of way paperwork for the existing road was not found on file. With the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed, on the documentation and pre-fabri- cated support beams completely cured, bridge closure signs were posted at the intersection at College Boulevard. The construction agreement allowed up to two months for the road to be shutdown.

City Engineer Amanda Hicks told the West Memphis Public Works Commission about the bridge project and delivered an update on all the roadwork planned on the city.

“They are closing the Hino Bridge today,” said Hicks.

“We’ve alerted land owners and businesses around it for the detour to take. We are making sure all the detour signs are in place. They have sixty days to complete the project, so expect it to be closed.”

The road ferries a huge amount of traffic; much of the trucking in and out of the Marion Intermodal Facility travels on Hino Road. Alternative routes were set for HWY. 147 to connect with Interstate 40 at Lehi or Highway 64.

Other city road projects moved forward in the planning and approval process.

The South Loop extension was under environmental review.

“We’ll have a public hearing in late September,” said Hicks.

Plans marched forward to rehabilitating bridges in residential areas at Lehr Street and another on Redding.

“The Lehr Bridge is at ArDOT for review, and the Redding Bridge contracts have been signed and we have a legal review set before a pre-construction meeting set.

The schedule for work and closing the bridge had not been set but the process will be the same, casting and curing beams over a six week period and then allowing two months with the bridge out of service through the construction.

Street overlay work will begin in the fall to finish in time before seasonal wet weather comes in winter.

“The yearly overay will begin late September to early October,” said Hicks.

“We will work with the city communication director to let the city residents know so they can avoid it.”

By John Rech