Baum Stadium Social Cancelled

Due to impending inclement weather, the NWA ASCE board has decided to cancel the 2017 Baum Stadium Social. All ticket fees paid by registered attendees will be refunded.

ASCE NWA Featured in Civil Engineering Magazine

ASCE NWA Event Featured with Civil Engineering Magazine

ASCE NWA was featured in the Local News insert of Civil Engineering magazine, the monthly publication sent to all ASCE members. The April notice detailed the branch's recent Day of Training, held on March 16 in Fayetteville. This year's Day of Training was the largest event in the branch's 10-year history, including over 20 sponsors and over 150 attendees.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the branch was able to provide $3000 in scholarships to UA civil engineering students Allyson Richey and Nathan Parnell. This year, due to extraordinary support, the branch also provided a $1500 silver sponsorship for the Mid-Continent Conference hosted by the UA Student Chapter in April.

"It was a blessing to receive the scholarship," said Richey, a senior at UA.

"We were thrilled to be able to support the Student Chapter in this way," said Brandon Rush, ASCE NWA Vice President. "Thanks to our sponsors at the Day of Training, we were able to award scholarships to two outstanding students and help the students put on an outstanding conference."

The article is available for online viewers here. Local News was returned to publication with the Civil Engineering in November 2016 by popular demand. The segment was discontinued in print format in 2011.

Volunteers needed for Steel Bridge Judging

Volunteers needed to Judge Steel Bridge at Student Conference

The UA Student Chapter of ASCE is hosting the Mid-Continent Competition in Fayetteville this year. This is a monumental undertaking, and they are currently seeking volunteers to judge the steel bridge event on campus on April 20 & 21. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact Student Branch Steel Bridge Correspondent Tanner Gibbs at tpgibbs@uark.edu.

NWA Secretary Position Vacancy

In accordance with Article 6 of the Branch bylaws, the ASCE NWA board elected Zach Morehart to fill an unexpired term as Treasurer on February 1. This action created a vacancy at Secretary, with the unexpired term lasting until elections in December 2017. This vacancy will be filled by a majority vote of the Board. The Board is currently seeking to fill this role before March 3, and hoping the incoming Secretary can assist in this year's Day of Training effort. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact ascenwa@gmail.com or any Board Member prior to that date for consideration to fill the vacancy. Reminder that ASCE National, State, and Branch membership must be current to hold an officer position (i.e., dues must be paid).

Highway 112 to be decommissioned in Fayetteville

Highway 112 to be decommissioned in Fayetteville

Arkansas Highway 112, one of the original Arkansas state highways, will be decommissioned in Fayetteville city limits south of I-49 exit 66 following action by the Fayetteville City Council on January 3. The highway will become a city street following the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) providing funding for widening along Maple Street (between Razorback Road and Garland Ave). AHTD will also widen Highway 112 between Poplar Street and Van Asche Boulevard, but the City will manage the project's design. Read the full resolution at the Fayetteville Flyer.

Over the past several years, segments of the roadway have been widened and improved through and near the campus, through a series of partnerships between the City, the UA, and the AHTD.  The UA has planted and maintained the landscaping and trees on segments through campus and to the south of the campus since the completion of the widening and improvements.

The impetus of this deal was two series of public bids far exceeding the City's responsibility ($3,358,600) for AHTD Job 040582. AHTD will fill the funding gap to get the project moving.

AHTD has relinquished state highways to cities in Northwest Arkansas before, most recently a deal was announced for portions of US 71B to be turned over to Bentonville and Rogers maintenance. The AHTD currently has a project underway in Siloam Springs, after which a portion of Highway 43 (Cheri Whitlock Drive) will be turned over to city maintenance. In Fayetteville, the most recent turnback was when AHTD widened Township Street, Gregg Avenue, and Drake Street in exchange for turnback to City maintenance (similar to the Highway 112 swap) in 2008.  

AHTD Director Scott Bennett and other employees of the Department have actively discussed the high overall mileage of the Arkansas State Highway System (over 16,000 miles) for years. He has worked to reduce the overall mileage AHTD maintains whenever feasible and prudent.

Highway 112 was one of the original state highways created on April 1, 1926. Running between Highway 265 in south Fayetteville and Highway 12 in Bentonville, the route had run north to Highway 72 in Bentonville until being truncated in 2012.

It is currently unclear how Highway 112 Spur (Wedington Drive) will be renumbered following the rerouting.