Today lets head on over to the greater Ozark area. Specifically, AR Hwy 352. There are 2 pieces of AR Hwy 352. The first piece is only in western Franklin County. It is only 1.1 miles running from Franklin County Road 441 to U.S. Hwy 64 west of Ozark. The second piece begins at AR Hwy 23, about 5 miles north of Ozark and runs east to U.S. Hwy 64 in Clarksville. Today we are going to zero in on a bridge structure that is at log mile 3.73 (if I’m reading the sign from Google Earth correctly). I don’t know the condition state of this bridge, but the alignment of the roadway here is poor. Taking the curve that this bridge is in at a speed higher than 25 mph is taking your life into your own hands. Back in the old days when state highways were being created, the roads curve and hug the contours of the land because the right of way was hard to obtain. The roads were built according to the path of least resistance. This highway we are talking about today is a perfect example of that. I realize that this is more than likely a “low volume road” but this is still something that should be remedied. We spent how many dollars on that cable fence on the interstate? And if it saves one life it is worth it, this is the same thing. If realigning this roadway would save one life, it would be worth it. So now the question becomes, how do we fix it? Here is the curve and bridge I’m talking about:
So how? If we tried to make this a project longer than 1/4 mile I believe we would run into problems. But what about this:
That is just right at 1000 feet. What we accomplish with this is we soften the curve. We’ve made the radius bigger in other words. Now obviously this is just a sketch drawing from Google Earth but this is the idea. I’m not saying “here ya go contractor X, have fun making this work”. Also I’d like to note that in the top picture, the map is oriented due north and in the bottom picture I oriented the map so I could come off the roadway alignment at a good angle to draw my proposed alignment. So this project could be right at 1000 feet, probably add at least 100 feet on either end to tie into the existing roadway better. 1200 feet still maintains being under 1/4 mile so we are good there. The existing bridge structure is something like 28 or 30 feet in length, its not a huge bridge. Maybe even a box culvert could be built as a replacement. That would be something to think about. One really nice thing about this project would be there are only 2 driveways on this 1000 foot stretch that would have to be maintained. One of them is a driveway to a gas well and the other driveway is a residential driveway. You would only have to clear trees on the north side of existing AR Hwy 352 also. The more I think about this, the more I believe this is something that can be accomplished in a small amount of time. This is a small project, but it would make AR Hwy 352 a safer highway.
Until next week