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Fort Smith riverfront utilities project spurs hope for economic development

Fort Smith riverfront utilities project spurs hope for economic development

An over $2 million utility extension project along the riverfront is creating hope for continued economic growth in the area among city officials. 

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved two resolutions greenlighting utility renovations along Riverfront Drive on Tuesday night.  

The $1,941,825 million project will extend a 12-inch water line along Riverfront Drive from “P” Street to Spradling Avenue, connecting it with existing lines. An additional $236,660 was approved in a resolution to enter an agreement with Hawkins-Weir Engineers, Inc. to provide engineering construction services for the project.  

A map showing the location of the proposed RV park and the location of the proposed pump station and sewer line.

“If you do not have water, it will not come,” Utilities Director Lance McAvoy said about development along the river at the meeting on Tuesday. 

Growth along the riverfront has not been stagnant, but additional access to water and sewage brings the opportunity for more endeavors. 

Director at Large Neal Martin said he does not think growth in the area would happen without the project. 

https://www.swtimes.com/story/news/2021/09/12/fort-smith-riverfront-utilities-project-economic-development/8257477002/