Proposed Study May Help Relieve Traffic

May 6, 2004 -- Posted at 2:15 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- If you've ever been in a hurry and trying to get across Jonesboro, you know that Caraway road is nearly always backed up. But what can you do to avoid the rush hour traffic?

The traffic just never seems to move fast enough, especially on Caraway Road in Jonesboro. It seems that motorist can sit in traffic for a long time, just waiting on the cars to move.

Motorist Vic Smith said, "Maybe give us a couple of more lanes, that would make things move faster."
And those shopping at Indian Mall sometimes have to take the long way around, just to get out of the parking lot.
Shopper Stella Smith comes from Paragould to go to the mall. But leaving is sometime a trick.
"I was in Sears and went all the way around back to the red light and then come out so that I wouldn't get caught over here on the side road and not be able to get out," said Smith.

But a proposed study may change that. A study was recommended by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Jonesboro Area Traffic Study Metropolitan Planning Organization to take a closer look at Caraway.

"We will look at some alternatives, so we could improve the flow of traffic there. It won't hurt the businesses, they would have the same number of visitors, same number of customers, but the traffic movement may be better, and that's what we are proposing at this time," said JATS Transportation Director Amin Ulkarim.

Part of the reason the traffic is so congested on Caraway is because of the businesses that are located just off the road. The proposed study would also take into consideration the safety of the traffic in the area.

"The number of vehicles and persons moving around there, and basically what we will be considering is the safety of both, motorists and pedestrians," said Ulkarim.
The proposed study will go before the city's policy committee meeting later this month.