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Mr. Michael E. Oakes

Director of Public Works and City Engineer

Russellville Arkansas

HQ Phone: (501) 978-6137

Email: m***@***.org

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Russellville Arkansas

P.O. Box 188

North Little Rock, Arkansas 72115

United States

Company Description

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 ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Division Officer

US Navy

Steering Committee

American Public Works Association

Affiliations

Shelby County Engineer
Shelby County

County Engineer
Shelby County Election Commission

Education

bachelor’s degree

engineering

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Public Works - City of Russellville, Arkansas

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Michael E. Oakes, P.E. Director of Engineering and Public Works

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Michael Oakes, P.E. Public Works Director & City Engineer


Michael Oakes, ...

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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 said.


Michael Oakes, Russellville ...

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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 said. "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 said.
"We consider the age of the roadway and the condition of the roadway," Oakes said.
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"As part of the process, we mill away the old asphalt," Oakes said. "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 ...

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This week I talked with Michael Oakes who directs Public Works for Russellville. Mr. Oakes was considerate of my opinions.

He 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.
Mr. Oakes 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.
Mr. Oakes 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. He said they are improved now. He 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. Mr. Oakes 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.


However, Russellville's director of ...

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However, Russellville's director of public works and city engineer Michael Oakes pointed out that in most instances, water in the streets wasn't causing traffic to stop, and the water that was running across some residents yards didn't amount to flooding because there was no property damage.

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One of the main methods to determine if a drainage project merits consideration for work, Oakes said, is to determine the cost-benefit of a proposed project.
If a project costs $3 million, will it have that much cost benefit over a period of time, like five years.
The city engineer pointed out that much of the city suffers from nusisance flooding, rather than flooding that causes damage or traffic to be stopped and roads closed.
Oakes said his department is looking at projects in western Russellville and are working on plans in the Main Street-Inglewood Avenue area, South of Vancouver Street near Main Street and then in an area south of Vancouver near the UP Railroad.

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