Jonesboro Chamber Gets Progress Report

August 29, 2003 - Posted at: 9:18 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The path for students to Arkansas State University's campus is sometimes delayed by trains and heavy traffic.

If the city and its congressional representation delegation can work together toward financial appropriations, students may be able to drive over the tracks within a few years.

"It seems like everything gets kind of bottle-necked right there. I had heard they were going to do that, but I didn't know they had any plans for that. It's just been kind of a rumor. I think it would help with the train traffic there," said ASU Senior Chad Mary.

Congressman Marion Berry spoke to the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce about the plans to give the Jonesboro airport a fire rescue office, ASU a future overpass near Washington Avenue, and a better path to Little Rock, by way of future Interstate status.

"All of these things are part of the growing and expanding economy, and, I think Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas is blessed to have the needs and the opportunity. We'll get the money. It may not come as soon as we wanted it, but, it will happen," said Berry.

The millions of dollars required for roads, overpasses, and rescue buildings are necessary steps to make Jonesboro a larger, thriving city.