Construction begins on Parker Road extension - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Construction begins on Parker Road extension

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Crews have begun construction on the Parker Road extension along Interstate 555 that is expected to improve traffic flow from southwest Jonesboro into the city.

Mayor Harold Perrin made that announcement Tuesday.

The extension will connect Southwest Drive to Washington Avenue alongside the newly designated interstate, which is a section of U.S. 63.

The project should be finished in six months, so the connection could be finished by early September.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for three years,” Perrin said. “Highway 226 goes out to Ridgepoint and a huge population southwest of town who are currently forced to meander through residential neighborhoods or go to Southwest Drive to get downtown. Now they’ll be able to travel on Parker and go to Washington Avenue, where there’s very little traffic, and arrive downtown.”

The $2.2 million project will be funded with $1.267 million in federal money through the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, and $960,000 from the City of Jonesboro.

The federal share was funding designated to improve traffic at intersections along U.S. 63.

The Parker Road extension began as a plan by the city to relieve traffic congestion at its intersection with Southwest Drive, as well as decrease traffic on the Southwest Drive corridor, city engineer Craig Light said.

 “We had to do a traffic study to show we would be decreasing traffic on the Southwest Drive interchange, and once that was satisfied, we were released to start acquiring properties,” Light said.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Community reacts to discovery of dead infants found in suitcase

    Community reacts to discovery of dead infants found in suitcase

    Saturday, February 17 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-02-18 00:29:51 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 7:34 PM EST2018-02-18 00:34:52 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Residents in Cross County are still in shock after the bodies of infant twins were found in a suitcase on County Road 602.

    Residents in Cross County are still in shock after the bodies of infant twins were found in a suitcase on County Road 602.

  • breaking

    Student arrested in school threat

    Student arrested in school threat

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:10 PM EST2018-02-17 23:10:31 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:46 PM EST2018-02-17 23:46:16 GMT

    According to Cave City Police Chief Brian Barnett, a juvenile was arrested Saturday on suspicion of terroristic threatening after the student sent a picture. 

    According to Cave City Police Chief Brian Barnett, a juvenile was arrested Saturday on suspicion of terroristic threatening after the student sent a picture. 

  • breaking

    Authorities search for missing autistic teenager

    Authorities search for missing autistic teenager

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-02-17 17:46:31 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 4:13 PM EST2018-02-17 21:13:19 GMT

    According to a post on the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, authorities are looking for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student. 

    According to a post on the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, authorities are looking for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student. 

Powered by Frankly