Transportation Improvements on the Agenda for Jonesboro in 2005

January 2, 2005 -- Posted 4:00 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- In this new year, Governor Huckabee is vowing to make progress on highway projects across the state, and right here in Region 8 planning is already underway to help you get around easier in Jonesboro.

The Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization wrapped up its yearly briefing with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce at a meeting on Monday, and with a new year brings new challenges and goals for the city.

So what's on the agenda for this upcoming year?

For starters, structural improvements are planned on the Big Creek Ditch in Jonesboro. There are also plans to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 49 and 351 off of Johnson Avenue. Another tentative plan is set for the area of Jonesboro on Washington Avenue and U.S. 63. The city hopes to build an overpass at that site. Finally there are also plans for various drainage improvements across the county, as well as the installation of traffic signals and railroad protective devices.

"I think it's been a very good program to help with the different mayors, the county judge, to help with different highway programs that are accessible to our area," said Grants Coordinator Jim McKinnon.

"The judge is always the public and we haven't gotten any serious criticism that we are not doing well, so from that I can assume that we are doing all right," said Metropolitan Planning Organization Director Muhammad Amin Ulkarim.

The public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on these proposals. That meeting is scheduled for sometime next month.