Northeast Arkansas hoping for $16 million for road work

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Brookland is collaborating with six northeast Arkansas cities to apply for a $16 million grant. 
Brookland mayor Kenneth Jones said the city wants $3.5 million of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) project fund.
The city will use the money to widen North Oak, the two-lane street in front of Brookland Elementary, and School Street between Highway 49 and Highway 49B.
Mary Torres said she leaves home 10 minutes earlier than she normally would to navigate traffic when she travels with her daughter to and from Brookland Elementary. "They try to get us through there pretty quickly, but sometimes it can cause some problems."

One year after President Obama enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Department of Transportation launched the competitive grant program for national transportation projects.

A total of seven cities in Northeast Arkansas applied for the TIGER project fund: Blytheville, Bono, Corning, Marked Tree, Trumann and Walnut Ridge.

Mayor Jones said Jonesboro mayor Harold Perrin initiated the grant writing process. "Mayor Perrin got us all together. He called us and asked us to be at a meeting and that this was available."

Mayor Jones said his town of 1,642 people is growing. "As the school grows, as the city grows traffic has increased and there's a definite need there for traffic relief."

Mary Torres welcome the possibility of construction to the high traffic areas in Brookland. 

"I think that would help Brookland. I think that's something that needs to happen, and maybe it'll bring more businesses in, like a grocery store."

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