Pleasant Valley Roundabout Project Highlights Civic Politics

by George Waldon  on Monday, May. 19, 2014 12:00 am  

A Project Deconstruction


• July 24: Little Rock city officials hold a public meeting to gather public input on potential street improvement projects in Ward 4, which includes the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

The meeting at St. James United Methodist Church is one in a series held in each of Little Rock’s seven wards that produces several thousand project suggestions.

Construction of a roundabout at Arkansas Valley and Pleasant Valley drives as a traffic-calming device is among the projects submitted by residents for consideration.


• April 1: City officials hold a public meeting for Ward 4 at St. James to present summaries of citizen requests and to present staff recommendations for funding projects. The Pleasant Valley roundabout is among the items presented.

• May 21: After the second series of ward meetings and review of the proposed projects by the public works staff and the city board, Little Rock directors adopt Resolution 13699 by unanimous vote.

This resolution puts in motion a capital improvement program funded by a combination of bonds and sales tax to be designed and let for bid in the coming three-year funding cycle. The Pleasant Valley roundabout is included in the citywide program and is among 13 Ward 4 projects totaling $2.6 million slated for completion by 2015.

• July 9: The city board passes Resolution 13726 authorizing a contract with consulting engineers for design of the roundabout and other Ward 4 projects.


• Jan. 27: Public Works Department staff conducts a public meeting at Terry Library to present the preliminary construction plans for the roundabout and two other projects in Ward 4.



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