Crater Potholes Get Fixed

 

By Margi Jenks

 

Visitors to the Crater of Diamonds State Park are enjoying a major change as they pull into our main mine parking lot.  This past week Tri-State Asphalt from Lockesburg, AR, has been working on re-paving our parking lot.  Rain has delayed the project, but they hope to be finished by next Wednesday, December 12th.

 

 

This major maintenance project will cost approximately $130,000, and will result in a completely redesigned and re-engineered lot.  The last time the parking lot received attention was 10 to 12 years ago, so it has needed a facelift for the past several years.  The traffic flow has also needed changes so that RV’s and semi-trucks would have a clearer route to the overflow parking lot, which is on the north side of the main parking lot. 

 

 

Tri-State Asphalt is doing a number of projects to make the parking area paving last longer.  They are adding curbs and drains to channel rainwater, have packed the areas where the asphalt is missing, and are laying down 2”-4” of asphalt overlay.

 

In the paving process we have gained 20 to 30 parking spaces for a new total of 210 spaces.  The spaces nearest the visitor center will still have plenty of parking for disabled visitors, motorcycles, and park emergency vehicles.

 

In another project the park maintenance department has begun working on changes to the handicap-accessible part of our River Trail, which is accessed from the park campground.  We look forward to telling our visitors about these improvements when they are finished just before Christmas.

 

Search area last plowed:  December 4, 2012; Most recent significant rainstorm: 1.5 inches on November 16th.

 

Total diamonds found in 2012: 511

 

Diamonds registered for November 25 – December 9, 2012 (100 points = 1 carat): 

 

November 25 and 26 – No diamonds were registered

 

November 27 – Drondia Byers, Murfreesboro, AR, 4 pt. white, 5 pt. yellow, 13 pt. white, 16 pt. white; Doug Lay, Hernando FL, 2 pt. white, 5 pt. yellow, 12 pt. yellow, 24 pt. brown, 1.95 ct. brown; Bryan & Jessica Brunson, Pollock, LA, 20 pt. white; Chip Burnette, Killeen, TX, 58 pt. white; Brian Armstrong, Harker Heights, TX, 18 pt. yellow

 

November 28 – Jim Graham, Prescott, AR, 40 pt. white

 

November 29 – Ted Olsen & Adam Hardin, Finleyson, MN, 13 pt. yellow; Doug Lay, Hernando, FL, 5 pt. brown, 20 pt. white, 30 pt. brown

 

November 30 – Lennie Anderson, Grand Forks, ND, 16 pt. white; David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 3 pt. white, 4 pt. white, 6 pt. yellow, 34 pt. brown

 

December 1 – Kenny & Melissa Oliver, Rosston, AR, 33 pt. yellow

 

December 2 – No diamonds were registered

 

December 3 – David Anderson, Murfreesboro, AR, 44 pt. yellow

 

December 4 to 7 – No diamonds were registered

 

December 8 – Tom Suboski, Bradenton, FL, 57 pt. brown; Kenny & Melissa Oliver, Rosston, AR, 4 pt. white, 6 pt. white

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Phone: (870) 285-3113

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