Race Street construction begins

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Construction started Friday to begin phase one of the Race Street draining improvements. The project consists of fixing all drainage issues as well as widening the road and creating new sidewalks.

Over the last couple of years residents who live at the end of Race Street have complained about the flooding.

"We have a lot of flooding issues at least on this end of Race Street," said City of Jonesboro Operations Officer L.M. Duncan. "Hopefully, this will fix all their problems."

Duncan told Region 8 the project consists of three phases and just one phase costs up to $500,000.

"We're going to see how far that will go," he said. "We hope we can get up to West Acre and up to Promise Lane."

One young resident said the ditches fill up with water and prevent her from playing outside.

"It gets on the sidewalk and stuff and I have to wait a couple of days for it to dry up," said Morgan Elrod.

Construction is anticipated to block off part of the road for a couple of weeks. Duncan asks that the public be patient as they continue construction.

"We're going to put the box cover underneath Race Street," he said. "After that it will be one way so probably a couple of weeks of the road closed."

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