Jonesboro evaluating ways to improve traffic problems

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If you're one of many who deal with traffic down Stadium Blvd., there's some good news. The city of Jonesboro is looking to make your commute a little easier. A new study is in the works to track the traffic all the way down US-49 and it's more than just counting cars.

"We want the people of Jonesboro to know that we are definitely aware of the problem and we're looking at every way in the world to solve that problem," said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Anyone that travels through Jonesboro can see how congested Stadium Boulevard can be. If you look at the traffic count on Stadium by Arkansas State University, the street sees roughly 38-thousand vehicles a day. That's about 4-thousand more motorist than the highest volume area on Highway 63 within the Jonesboro city limits.

"You put out counters all day long and all you're going to get is numbers. I want to know not only numbers, but I want to know patterns. Where is it going?" said Perrin. He says a new traffic study is in the works to evaluate motorists that travel on Highway 49.

"I think this is something that's going to be a big help to Jonesboro," said Perrin.

With the use of infrared technology devices, city officials will actually track the path of vehicles traveling down US-49.

Five points map out where these devices will be.

- Starting at US-49 at County Road 928

- Johnson and Stadium.

- Stadium and 63

- Rogers Chapel Road at HW18

- and Nestle Road at 63.

"We had to get permission from the Highway Department because this equipment will be sitting in the right way of the Highway Department," said Perrin, which was approved Wednesday. He says the study is a milestone towards the city's ultimate goal, an Eastern Bypass.

"Does that Eastern Bypass need to be on Commerce, Nestle Way, or so on. It will also help us as we go to visit our legislatures to talk about funds," said Perrin.

Funds to a project Perrin says would take the pressure off Stadium. "If we can divert that thorough traffic to another way or pattern to get there. Then that's going to free up the day-to-day operations and traffic inside the city," said Perrin.

Perrin hopes to have equipment up and tracking as early as February 20th.

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