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Accidents are a concern at a busy Jonesboro intersection

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to information from the Jonesboro Police Department, the intersection of Harrisburg and Parker Road has the most accidents a year in that area.

After another accident Friday morning involving a JETS bus, traffic could get worse with new businesses opening in the area.

The intersection of Harrisburg and Parker Road saw 22 accidents in 2013 and twelve in 2014. 

Harrisburg Road sees 11,000 cars every day.

Lindley Pipkins, owner of Meals for Moms, said she sees the traffic a lot.

“From school traffic to five o'clock traffic, and then it's church traffic,” Pipkins said.

Since opening her business five years ago, she said it's gotten worse.

“Well it's definitely increased, and I'd say the most significant problem is about 98% of the time you can't turn left out of our parking lot,” Pipkins said.

Jonesboro Police Sgt. George Martin said he knows what she means.

“Seeing more traffic every day,” Sgt. Martin said. “The city is growing and it's going to keep getting worse.”

With a new grocery store and commercial property up for grabs, traffic may very well increase soon.

“Additional 2,100 vehicles on Harrisburg road today to add to the 11,000,” Mark Nichols, Jonesboro Traffic Operation Engineer, said.

“I'm sure it's going to make it that much worse, and you know I'm just concerned about our customers too because if it's that much harder to get in and out then they may think twice about stopping,” Pipkins said.

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market will provide relief soon.

“They are going to add another lane on Harrisburg road that will drop off at their second drive on Harrisburg road, and add a turn lane near Garden Parkway,” Nichols said.

Nichols said he and his team know the intersection needs work.

"We recognize this as a definite need that needs attention, and needs widening in the future,” Nichols said. “However, we have a lot of needs.”

Until changes are able to be made, Sgt. Martin encourages everyone to be safe.

“Be slow and be cautious, you know, you're going to get where you need to go,” Sgt. Martin said. “Rather get there safe and unharmed.”

For more information on the traffic volume at the intersection of Harrisburg and Parker Road, click here.

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