JONESBORO. AR (KAIT) - State Senator Paul Bookout announced to the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Monday that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has stepped up its plans for Highway 226.
In the meeting, Senator Bookout presented a memo from AHTD Director Dan Flowers. The memo gives an outline for completing the stretch of road between U.S. 67 near Cash to U.S. 49 (Southwest Drive) in Jonesboro. The cost of the road is expected to range from $118 to $138 million.
Construction is underway now for the first phase of the road between U.S. 67 and Cash where crews are widening the highway to four lanes. That phase is set for completion in the Summer of 2012.
The next phase of work will be a new stretch of road between U.S. 49 near Gibson Switch to the northwest to the existing Highway 226. The 2.2 miles stretch of four lane roadway will cost an estimated $25-30 million. According to the memo, funds will be obligated in July 2011 and bits opened in December.
Other projects including a bypass around Cash and the final stretch east of Cash to the U.S. 49 connector will come later. The United States Geological Survey is studying the area to make sure the new bridges and roadwork are adequate in flooding situations.