Caraway Road Overpass Plan is Making Progress

November 30, 2004 -- Posted at 6:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- The Caraway overpass is a project that is a product of a study conducted on the ASU campus five years ago.

The money to fund this project is nearly in place turning this plan into reality.

The study revealed many problems that concerned University officials.

ASU Vice President for Finance and Administration, Jennus Burton says, "We had a lot of people that were not destination traffic but through traffic. That created a lot of what we thought were unsafe conditions for our students, faculty and staff."

The through traffic isn't the only problem. The railroad tracks on Caraway are also causing a concern because of noise and traffic delays.

Congressman Marion Berry says, "Thank goodness for the train traffic. That is an indication that the economy is growing and we're glad to see that, but the high traffic area that is on caraway is the obvious place wher we need an overpass very much."

The Congressman is just one of the many supporters in this proposal.

The plan for development of the Caraway overpass will cost a total of $13 million.

"We have $5.4 million and we need $13 million. So, we're about $8 million away from our goal," Burton says.

Congressman Berry is optimistic about their ability to meet that need.

"Once we get the highway bill. It's still hung up over on the Senate side. Once we get that passed and in place, we think that will happen early next year, then we'll have enough money to finish this Caraway overpass," Berry says.