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Military Road update

Military Road update

From the office of the mayor:

NOTICE:  The Intersection of Smithers Drive and Military will be closed to traffic Monday, Aug. 13 at 7 am, and will remain closed for approximately three weeks to allow for reconstruction of the intersection.  Traffic flow between Military Road and Smithers will be maintained by using Kyle Road and Longview Drive. Barricades and detour signs will be in place during construction.

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Police remind drivers to be safe

Police remind drivers to be safe

From Lt. Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department:

The Benton Police Department will continue the traffic enforcement blitz, that started during the month of February, through the month of March.  The focus of this program will be conducting traffic enforcement in high traffic areas with a special emphasis on DWI/DUI enforcement and speeding.

During the month of February officers were able to get numerous drunk drivers off the roadways by arresting 16 people for DWI/DUI.  Additionally, 126 speeding and 38 seatbelt citations were issued during the campaign. 

Benton street committee to meet

Benton street committee to meet

The Street Committee will meet Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the Benton Municipal Complex. The agenda includes repairs to Miller Cove, asphalt bids, improvements to South Street, drainage issues on Greenbrier and several other issues.

Accident reports go online

Accident reports go online

In order to reduce associated inconveniences and better serve the public, the Benton Police Department has implemented a new online process for obtaining copies of accident reports. By employing cutting-edge technology provided by PoliceReports.US, LLC, citizens and insurers can now access accident reports from any computer via the internet, eliminating the need to travel to the police department or request a report by mail.

Military Road construction update

Military Road construction update

This information is from an email sent to Today's THV from the office of Benton Mayor David Mattingly:

We’re happy to report McGeorge Construction Inc. went back to work this morning on the lower Military Road project.  Transitional work to tie Cody in to Military Road is underway.  This will allow work on Military Road to progress on both sides of Cody where it intersects the roadbed.

Mayor: Military Road construction to move forward despite delays

Mayor: Military Road construction to move forward despite delays

Benton Mayor David Mattingly sent this statement to Today's THV Thursday morning:

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 I held a meeting at Benton City Hall with McClelland Engineering, McGeorge Construction Inc., Metroplan, and representatives of the city for the purpose of reviewing alternatives for stabilizing the unsuitable soil on lower Military Road.  McClelland Engineering presented a combination of two techniques the group agreed we would use to deal with the problem.  Those techniques are compacted embankment, where bad soil is removed and replaced with soil that can be compacted, and a second technique where stone is used as the backfill and wrapped in a filter blanket.