Underground Tunnels Challenge Hot Springs Engineers from Past to Present

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 12:00 am  

“But cost-wise it almost seems like we’re going to have to stay with this tunnel and improve it as we go on,” he said.

He said the city is working on a mitigation plan, and Allen hopes there will be some money allotted to work on the tunnels.

Full repair will require a lot of money: In 2011, McClelland Consulting Engineers Inc. of Little Rock estimated the job would cost around $4 million, and the city shied away from that.

“We didn’t do the work they recommended,” Allen said. “From that point on we’ve had our hands tied. We’ve had some flooding, but we’ve just been kind of observing it until we can get a mitigation plan.”

But through the difficulties, the city officials and engineers attached to these projects expressed enthusiasm for their history and mystique.

“It’s a cool project,” said Chitwood in Hot Springs. “It’s something you don’t get to work on every day.”



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