Progress on Highway 412 bypass going smoothly

Progress on Highway 412 bypass going smoothly

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – According to state highway officials, lots of progress has been made on the 412 bypass in Paragould.

The east side of the 412 bypass project has been underway since 2011. This project has been divided into two parts.

District Maintenance Engineer for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Brad Smithee said the earth work and bridge work is almost done.

"We've got just a few minor details to complete," said Smithee. "A little bit of cleanup work and some punchless type things and we'll be compete with that very shortly.  This spring, back in January, we went into contract with a company to place the base and surfacing on it."

Smithee said all of this means the progress on the project is good.

"We look at the balance between our percent complete and our time charges to see if there's a big indifference there.  If time charges are great and percent complete is low, well there may be a problem with that.  As I said, I believe we're about 9% complete with 13% of time charges and that's a very good balance at this point."

He also said that part of the work started in earnest since the weather cleared up.

He believes traffic may be driving on the east side of the project by sometime in 2015.

Smithee also told Region 8 news about the 15 projects that were postponed.

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