Hot Springs Utilities has issued the following safety recommendations to residents in the McLeod/Leonard/Woodlawn area, now that utility improvements to the Stokes wastewater collection system are underway. To ensure the safety of both the public and the construction crews, those who commute or live in the area are asked to exercise heightened awareness during the construction period, avoid distracted driving and comply with posted speed limits. Lane closures will occur throughout the project. Traffic control will be utilized and appropriate signage posted. Detours and closures on Michael and Richard streets will occur within the next two weeks. Each affected area of construction could take up to three weeks. The work will be performed by S&J Construction Company and PM Construction Company. Those with questions or concerns about the project can call 321-6860.
The project area includes the north side of Leonard Street beginning at McNanna, across Michael and Richard, along the creek area on the north side of Leonard to York Place and Talmadge Place, then along the south side of Talmadge Place to the southwest corner of Talmadge Place, then along the north side of the creek to and across Kimberly Street, continuing along the west side of Leonard to the south side of McLeod, then west to the Stokes Pump Station just west of Highway 70 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway).
Residents are asked to do the following:
Choose an alternate route when possible. Limit access into any portion of the construction area unless absolutely necessary. Utilize detours and alternate parking whenever possible. Stay away from open trenches to avoid possible injury.
Notify all residential delivery services of the closures and access points. Avoid entering any area where construction equipment is located. Barricades and signage will be utilized to identify hazardous areas.
Avoid parking vehicles across the construction path. Emergency vehicles will be provided unimpeded access.