Westside Traffic Congestion

August 26, 2003 - Posted at: 6:15 p.m. CDT

BONO, Ark. -- If you thought Region 8 construction was the biggest obstacle standing in the way of getting to your destination, you'd be wrong, according to constructioon workers.

The common scene at 8 a.m. at the Westside School District is slow moving traffic. Motorists who drive their children to school blame the traffic congestion on the construction of a nearby overpass.

"It's just bumper to bumper," according to one Westside parent. "You have to leave about a half an hour early just to get to school on time."

Construction workers, on the other hand, beg to differ. They say the reason why traffic is so congested to and from Jonesboro is because motorists aren't paying attention to warning signs.

"90% of the people who travel these roads do not read signs," said Construction Superintendent Jim Kissinger. "We put up these signs well in advance of construction, and everybody else seems to be doing something outside of reading signs, and they'll run up on it, and they're on it before they know it, and it causes problems. We've had several wrecks."

Construction of the 63 overpass is scheduled to be complete in the early Fall. So, if you're a driver who travels that route daily, the best advice to follow is to leave home early.