Stabilization project gets $100,000

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Congressional approval was reached recently on $100,000 for a Sugar Creek stabilization project in Piggott, according to an announcement from U.S. senators Tim Hutchison and Blanche Lincoln.

Piggott Mayor Bud Holcomb said the funding will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the preliminary stages of an initial study on creek bank stabilization from near the L.A. Darling plant to Browning.

The proposal calls for widening the channel from an average 15 feet bottom to a 45-feet bottom on an estimated one-mile stretch.

Holcomb said the city will maintain the banks after the project is completed. He said the stabilization will prevent further erosion near the Darlng plant and protect the nearby bridge structure on Highway 49.

He said the city has already lost some utility poles due to bank sloughing.

A Corps investigative team surveyed the area on March 13, looking at areas from just south of L.A. Darling and north of Clay Street.

In a previous interview, Randy Lemmons, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, said the stabilization work will regulate the flow and substantially reduce flooding of lower Sugar Creek.

According to Lemmons, early cost projections were estimated at $3 million to $5 million with Corps funding mechanisms provided on a 70-30 cost-share basis. He noted the 30 percent can be completed as "in kind" work, such as bridge replacement, utility relocation, etc.

Holcomb said a preliminary environmental impact study has been completed and indicates there will be no adverse effects caused by the stabilization project.

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