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Grant to help with road improvements in Greene County

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Road improvement plans are in the works in Greene County.

Greene County Road Superintendent Dave Tierney said the road department was recently awarded a $5,000 unpaved roads grant through the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Nature Conservancy.

The goal of the grant is to reduce erosion and long-term sediment in watersheds and waterways by using innovative approaches and techniques.

Tierney explained over time, large amounts of erosion gets washed into tributaries, rivers and springs.

A difficult area the Greene County Road Department deals with is Spark Hill on County Road 721, which Tierney said washes out easily and often, leading to the road becoming impassable several times over the years.

Tierney said he and Greene County Judge Rusty McMillan have received training on new innovative techniques to improve roads.

One method includes using broad-based dips to direct water off the road and away from the side of the road.

Tierney said the department plans are to reduce the steepness of the hill using the new techniques along the way.

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