Blytheville highway project causes traffic troubles

Blytheville highway project causes traffic troubles

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A bypass project is causing traffic troubles for one Region 8 community.

Since the state began working on a bypass project on Highway 18 in Blytheville, residents have seen increased road closures, construction barrels and traffic tie-ups.

According to Walter McMillan, district engineer for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, said the project is a step-by-step process; but a significant one for the the community.

The current eastbound traffic on Ash Street will be moved to the new railroad overpass on Wednesday.
The new pattern will be approximately in the area of Division Street and Lake Street.
McMillan said this does not mean there will be a break in traffic. Instead, he says there will be as much traffic as there was during construction.
One Blytheville resident, Joshua Hall, said the road closures have made his day-to-day routine more difficult.

It made it harder cutting off Ash," Hall said. I mean, It's just really made it hard and now you know, you can only turn certain ways to get to the new bypass. It just makes it harder for the traffic to get through Blytheville.

Hall said it takes him an extra 15 minutes to get from place to place throughout his day.

John Lee owns a business on the corner of 200 S. Division Street, near the construction zone. He said hes grateful for the new project.

We thank God for this overpass being built, Lee said. This will help our city with the ambulance service.

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