Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview

Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview
Overview of Fayetteville, AR

Monday, January 30, 2006

Fayetteville's New Sewage Treatment Plant--Finally!

According to today's NW Arkansas Times, construction will finally begin on Fayetteville's new sewage treatment plant, roughly four months after its originally scheduled completion date. "Its about damn time," said Ward 2 Alderman Kyle Cook, chairman of the water and sewer committee. And I say, "Amen."

The Times quoted Cook as being "glad that construction will soon begin, but (he) remains wary of future problems and cost increases that could develop during construction. 'Just getting the thing out of the ground is the first hurdle,' Cook said. 'Getting it standing and operational is another thing.' "

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday, a visible sign of progress for the $180 million project, which is being financed with a voter-approved 3/4% added to the sales tax to pay up to $125 million of the final cost.

With the continuing explosive growth in NW Arkansas, infrastructure projects like the sewage treatment plant are important. The area must have the capacity to serve the 1000 people per month who are moving here. And this just doesn't apply to Fayetteville's new plant. We need more and better roads too--rush hour traffic (and even non-rush hour traffic) in the Rogers/Bentonville area, as well as on Hwy 265 between Springdale and Fayetteville or Hwy 412 through Springdale, has become burdensome and does not contribute positively to the "quality of life" reasons that many people are relocating here.

In the meantime, at least one step has been taken with the decision to begin construction on the long overdue sewage treatment plant. Let's hope that city and regional planners can put their heads together to solve some of the area's other pressing problems.

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