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Located along the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle, nestled in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley between Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, Russellville offers an enriched quality of life to all. Our shady tree lined streets and welcoming neighborho...
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Public Works - City of Russellville, Arkansas
Michael E. Oakes, P.E.
Director of Engineering and Public Works
Michael Oakes, P.E.
Public Works Director & City Engineer
Michael Oakes, ...
Michael Oakes, Russellville's Public Works director, said the city looked at a spraying program, but decided against it.
"One truck would not be enough to cover our area," Oakes
The Rotary Club of Russellville
July 28, 2011, Mr. Michael Oakes
Mr. Oakes is the Russellville Public Works Director and City Engineer.
He presented from an engineer's perspective on how a city street is designed to fit the needs of traffic flow.
He also gave a brief history of roundabouts that are being used more and more in the United States and the benefits of such intersections.
From left to right: Club President Gregg Long, Michael Oakes, and President Elect Jeff Aulgur
Michael Oakes, Russellville ...
Michael Oakes, Russellville city engineer and director of public works, said it is an important part of maintaining roadways.
"Overlaying is a way of rehabilitating an existing road and keeping it at a functional level, without having to completely reconstruct the road," Oakes
"It consists of adding one and a half to two inches of new asphalt on top of the existing road."
Each year, roads are considered for overlaying via a number of criteria, he
"We consider the age of the roadway and the condition of the roadway," Oakes
"As part of the process, we mill away the old asphalt," Oakes
"We mill the old asphalt down to about an inch away from the gutter line, and then we lay down the new layer of pavement."
According to Oakes
, the process of milling not only improves the condition of the road, but also allows the use of less overlay.
This week I talked with Michael ...
This week I talked with Michael Oakes who directs Public Works for Russellville.
Mr. Oakes was considerate of my opinions.
explained how difficult it is to see to back out of parking spaces.
Pulling out forward is much easier.
Safer, too, according to studies.
I agreed but stated there is difficulty in backing into a parking space against traffic by citing the problem with parallel parking with someone on your bumper.
said folks would make room so drivers could back into an angle parking space.
I expressed my disbelief.
I think 5-10 cars in line are going to be very impatient.
and I went on to discuss roundabouts. (He likes them.) I told him of experiences with them in Germany in the 1960s and in Washington, DC, in the 1970s.
said they are improved now.
cited a study in a city where 58,000 cars daily safely and quickly negotiated a roundabout.
Downtown Russellville has a volume of 17,000 daily so roundabouts would be good for us.
We ended out conversation amicably.
offered to alleviate my ignorance more thoroughly over coffee sometime.
Just so there is no doubt where I stand, I think El Paso Avenue could benefit from 6-foot bike lanes, two motor traffic lanes, and posey planters.
Angle parking requiring one to back in should be denied.
As for Main Street, the posey planters and loss of parking is all the destruction that needs to take place.
Call your council member or Mr. Oakes, or both, if you don't want back in angle parking or only two traffic lanes for auto travel.