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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT)-- After a fews days of delay due to weather,  the Bono Lake project resumes.

According to County Road Superintendent, L.M. Duncan, at least four to five machines are now in action at the site, and by next week, construction will be in full swing.

The Region 8 News Team will you more information as it comes available. Lauren Payne's previous story on Bono Lake is below.

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- "I thought it would have been done a long time ago," said Jerry Isom.

Isom doesn't live far from the Bono Lake Project, and says he's ready to see it completed.

"I've got a boat sitting right there.  I'd like to be fishing," said Isom. 

While Isom won't be fishing on Bono Lake for a while, Craighead County Judge Dale Haas says Isom and other residents will notice some big changes starting this week.

"We've crossed that final hurdle and construction will be going on Wednesday according to the contractor," said Haas.

This now tranquil land will give way to construction in a heavy magnitude according to Haas.  He  says engineers told him soil issues recently raised in regards to a dam have been resolved at a fraction of what was initially anticipated.

"We may be able to trade something out, and we may be able to haul some stuff off site for the contractor, we may be able to do some other things, so it won't be such a hit financially," said Haas.

While the lake will be used for recreation, Haas says easing flooding issues in Bono is the purpose for  this lake.

"If we can't build it safe, I don't want it built.   Even though we may eliminate the flooding, we certainly don't want a failure that causes the problem to be worse than what we've had in the past," said Haas.

Haas says there are already about 846 thousand dollars into this over 4 million dollar project and more delays could mean more costs.

"Now that we're up and moving as of Wednesday, we'll start saving some money and getting this project completed," said Haas.

"I mean it would be a great thing for Bono--just been sitting and waiting for it to happen," said Isom.

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