Paragould City Council agrees to widen section of South Rockingchair Road

Paragould City Council agrees to widen section of South Rockingchair Road

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould City Council gave the green light for South Rockingchair Road to be expanded Monday night.

When parents are picking up their students from Greene County Tech Primary School, they say the car line can be stressful and dangerous.

Allison Hitt has 2 children that go to the school and she said the road is not a good place to be when the school is opening and letting out.

"The afternoon carline is very hectic," Hitt said. "A lot of delays and congestion on Rockingchair Road so it's definitely stressful at times."

Right now, when you turn south off of Highway 412 onto Rockingchair the road starts as 3 lanes, then turns to 2 lanes, and back to 3 lanes again in front of the GCT Primary School.

The new plan widens that 2 lane section of the road into 3 lanes.

The city council agreed to widen only that section of the road because traffic is not as congested south of the school.

The council selected GCE Heavy Construction of Paragould to do the job and it is set to cost $141,050.

GCT Assistant Superintendent Gene Weeks said the project is badly needed.

"When you have 750 to 800 students that go into that campus every day and right at 100 faculty members, and then you add the buss traffic, 40 busses in the morning and 40 busses in the afternoon, any widening of that road is going to be helpful," Weeks said.

The project is set to start as soon as possible and be finished by the beginning of the next school year.

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