North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith recently announced the completion of a new street, drainage and scenic improvements along Bishop Lindsey Drive, which is formerly known as Seventh Street.

The city held a ribbon cutting for the new three-block long section of Bishop Lindsey Drive.

According to Nathan Hamilton, director of communications for Smith, Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $1 million were committed to the City of North Little Rock to make drainage, street and sidewalk improvement on Bishop Lindsey Ave. (formerly 7th Street) between Main and Cypress Streets under AEDC’s Neighborhood Revitalization category.

"The area flooded during the storms of 2008 causing damages to the aging infrastructure in the area," said Hamilton.

The project served approximately 1,155 area residents, 751 or 65 percent of whom are low to moderate-income persons. The project was funded with CDBG disaster funds that were made available to Arkansas as a result of five presidentially declared disasters in 2008.

"North Little Rock received funds under a statewide competitive process called "Ike-2," according to Hamilton.

North Little Rock applied under the Neighborhood Revitalization line item. There was $5 million available under that line item. Four cities (North Little Rock, Little Rock, Fort Smith and Jacksonville) applied under Neighborhood Revitalization: three were awarded grants.

"The North Little Rock grant was the largest of the three," Hamilton said.

Construction consisted of the installation of 18- and 24-inch drain pipes as well as drop inlets and the repair of curbs, gutters, sidewalks and streets.

The city has received other IKE 2 disaster funds.

The city’s wastewater utility received a disaster grant totaling $807,500 from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for their Five Mile Creek Treatment Plant Expansion.

While the grant totaled $807,500, the amount set aside for construction amounted to $705,400.

Grant funds are being used to replace the bar screens and conveyor and for other hydraulic improvements at the Five Mile Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project is currently in construction.