INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A major highway leading toward Mountain View is closed as road crews try to stop it from falling apart.
According to an alert from ArDOT, a six-mile stretch of Highway 14 in both directions is now closed due to a road failure.
Highway officials ask that people traveling in the area take Highway 25 to Drasco and turn onto Highway 5, in the Wolf Bayou area, if they are heading to Mountain View.
ArDOT Public Information Officer Danny Straessle said crews have been worked all day Thursday, seeking to stabilize the roadway by putting down asphalt.
Straessle said the situation is similar to Highway 23 in Northwest Arkansas, the so-called Pig Trail, leading to Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas. The road there sees rain a lot as well as washouts, with crews working to repair the road.
According to a post on the Independence County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, Highway 14 going toward Mountain View will soon be closed due to the highway sliding down.
ArDOT will be putting up signs at Locust Grove and at Mountain View, telling travelers about the change.
Also, a post on the Batesville Fire Department’s Facebook page noted that Highway 14 (Mountain View Road) is closed until further notice.
That post went on to say that traffic is being rerouted through Highway 5 in Cleburne County.
Batesville firefighters were also in the area Friday offering their assistance. ARDOT told the Batesville Fire Department that they are trying to build a lane for traffic that would be safe to open.