Citizens discuss ways to fix future traffic issues

Citizens discuss ways to fix future traffic issues

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Citizens in Randolph County are worried about the traffic issues a new Highway 67 bridge could cause.

A group of around 75 people met Tuesday to talk about ways the people of Randolph County can help.

"We asked what can we do as a local community to at least help the flow of traffic," Chamber of Commerce Director Tim Scott said.

The state highway department will accept bids for a new bridge in March. The construction has people worried since this area is highly traveled.

"With 67 going right through the middle of our town, when you look at a map and you pick our Searcy and go all the way Poplar Bluff the highest traffic count on 67 is right at the bridge," Scott said.

The construction will cause a now four-lane highway to go down to two.

"24,000 cars a day go right there and now they are going to have to go down to two lanes sometime this year," Scott said.

People at the meeting discussed ways to make traffic flow better before and after work.

"One thing we came up with is maybe staggering shifts first in the industries and the reason BRTC got involved is they can stagger class time," Scott said.

Dr. Turner, President of BRTC, said changing class times is an option but no decision has been made yet.

Dr. Turner said right now they are trying to be proactive in finding ways to help traffic issues before the construction starts.

Scott said the traffic will not only be an issue for people in Randolph County, but for anyone who comes through the area.

"People coming to and from the outlying areas like Jonesboro please just be patient when construction happens later this year," Scott said.

Scott said they are still waiting on bids for the new bridge, which should come in March.

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