Crews work to widen road before new school year

Crews work to widen road before new school year

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Construction is underway on Rockingchair Road in Paragould.

Right now, traffic is reduced to one lane while crews widen the road.

The recent rain slowed down progress, but the sun was out Wednesday and crews were back in full swing.

Paragould residents are anxious to see the project completed.

"I think it's a great idea," resident Amanda Miller said. "I think it will help traffic flow whenever they finish it."

Greene County Tech Primary School is on Rockingchair Road, and many people think widening the road will help keep students safe.

"Traffic is really congested during the school pickup time and I've seen several close calls out here," resident Chester Morten said. "So, I think safety issue will be a big thing."

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill said the pavement work would be finished Wednesday and the striping would be done over the weekend.

The road will be 3 lanes by Monday, just in time for the back-to-school traffic.

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