Putting down a mat to help support a “soft” section of Country Club Road is expected to add $16,426 to the street improvement project, according to Searcy officials.

The Searcy City Council are set to vote on a change order for the project, which is costing more than $2 million, at tonight’s meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St.

“From Beebe-Capps Expressway up to the first entrance to Harps, the city engineer [Mark Lane] found that that part is not holding up, it is soft,” Osborne said. “The only way to fix that is to dig down and put down a mat and bring the shell and gravel in and build that up and make it to where the asphalt will not sink like it has in the past. My recommendation is, if we are going to fix this road to go ahead and fix it right. If we don’t do it now, we’re going to have problems probably within a year or two.”

Supervisor Jim Galloway of R.L. Persons Construction Inc. of Poplar Bluff, Mo. said Monday that his crew dug down 2.5 feet, put the mat down and then put rock and dirt back on top of it to keep the section from sinking. He said the contractor hopes to finish this portion of the project by the weekend

The Country Club Road project was started in the spring of 2019, Lane said. The changes to the road will make it three lanes from Beebe-Capps to Cecil Tedder Drive and widen and improve two lanes from Cecil Tedder to Country Club East and Country Club West. ETC Engineers and Architects of Little Rock is the design engineering firm for the project.

In May, Lane told The Daily Citizen that weather plays a huge part in road construction, adding that he anticipates the Country Club Road project could be finished around the end of the year. Lane is encouraging drivers to go around the project unless they live down the road and use it to get to their home.

“It would certainly help speed things up if people would just stay out of there,” he said. “It really would help the contractor move along quicker. When you got to stop and let three cars go by and work a little bit and let another one go by, it really slows them down.”

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