State and community leaders earlier today broke ground on one of the biggest highway projects in state history.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett, Highway Commission Chairman Dick Trammel, former Highway Commissioner Bobby Hopper and Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse were among the estimated 100 people who attended the event that helped kick off construction on the U.S. 412 bypass of Springdale.

The four-lane, interstate-style freeway section of the bypass will cost $100.6 million.

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Eutaw Visits 4th Grade Gifted Class at Shaw Elementary

Ms. Luann Little’s 4th Grade Gifted Class at Shaw Elementary in Springdale, AR has been working on a special project about highway construction, since the Hwy. 412 Bypass is going to be built near the school.  The 11 students took on various roles to look at the project through different perspectives.  The roles consisted of Botanist, Biologist, Geologist, Economist, Land Owner, Lawyer, Government (AHTD), and Civil Engineer.  Keith Clark, Transportation Division Manager, was invited to speak to the class to provide them with the perspective of the contractor and answer any questions that they might have concerning construction.  The class will take the information that they have gathered from their areas of research and put together a presentation for the school and community.  At Eutaw, not only do we build highways, but we help build young minds as well.

Harahan, Louisiana – SELA Flood Control Project

In the Spring of 2014 Eutaw Construction commenced work on the North Discharge Tubes project located in Harahan, LA.  This is a highly complex project that is a part of a larger “Pump to the River Project” which is being implemented by the New Orleans District of the Corps of Engineers to control flooding in Jefferson Parrish Louisiana.  This project consist of installing 5,100 LF of three adjacent (Triple Barrel) 84” diameter pipes, installed at depths up to 23 feet deep in a sheet pile cofferdam.  The sheet pile cofferdam consist of approximately 225,000 SF of sheet piling 65 feet long, along with approximately 3,500 LF of 36” Beams and approximately 2700 LF of 24” steel pipe struts that will be installed and removed throughout the course of this project.  The project ROW is extremely narrow with active traffic on both sides and overhead high voltage power lines that run the full length of the project.

Eutaw’s portion of the project will connect to a large pump station on the north end, and to existing 84” pipes to the south (which Eutaw installed in 2008).  When completed, floodwater will be pumped from the intake at the pump station through approximately 2 miles of pipeline, to an outfall structure in the Mississippi River.