Highway 14 closed going toward Mountain View

Highway 14 closed due to road failure

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.

A six-mile stretch of Highway 14 heading to Mountain View is now closed due to a road failure.
A six-mile stretch of Highway 14 heading to Mountain View is now closed due to a road failure. (Source: iDriveArkansas)

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.

ARDOT crews are working on road problems
ARDOT crews are working on road problems ((Source: Arkansas Dept. of Transportation))

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.

State highway 14 toward Mountain View will soon be closed due to the highway sliding down. ArDOT will have signs at...

Posted by Independence County Sheriffs Department on Thursday, March 14, 2019

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.

Highway 14 (Mountain View Rd) is closed until further notice.

Posted by Batesville Fire Department on Thursday, March 14, 2019

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.

ArDot at work doing their best to get one lane of Highway 14 between Mt.View and Batesville open to traffic. Asst Chief Painter and my self went to the site to determine how far it was to the slide and what we might be required to do if any rescue services should be needed in the area. We spoke to the county foreman for ArDot about the situation and were informed that they were trying to build a lane for traffic that would be safe to open. He is trying to get this done as soon as possible but their is no projected time for now. Thanks for being patient with them. Also the detour using Highway 5 is only 2 minutes longer according to Google maps.

Posted by Batesville Fire Department on Friday, March 15, 2019

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