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Morning fire delays construction on Highway 226

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Highway 49 (Source: KAIT) Highway 49 (Source: KAIT)
New Highway 226 (Source: KAIT) New Highway 226 (Source: KAIT)
Woodsprings Road Closure (Source: KAIT) Woodsprings Road Closure (Source: KAIT)
Woodsprings Road Closure (Source: KAIT) Woodsprings Road Closure (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

An early morning fire will cause a delay on part of a major construction project.

Asphalt Producers, Incorporated caught fire early Wednesday morning in the southern part of Craighead County.

The company is contracted to work for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Highway 226 construction project.

Because of the fire, Asphalt Producers, Incorporated was not out on Highway 49 working on the asphalt Wednesday morning.

Bob Reddell, Assistant Resident Highway Engineer for the AHTD Jonesboro area office, said the company would be back out in the coming days to continue work.

Even with the setback, Reddell said construction is ongoing to get the new 4-lane Highway 226 open.

AHTD crews were out Wednesday morning working on the new highway.

Once Asphalt Producers, Incorporated gets back on Highway 49, Reddell said drivers should be cautious because more workers will be present.

“Safety is always a big concern,” Reddell said. “The men and women who are working for us as a contractor are out here close to traffic. You'll have one lane traffic while we are completing the asphalt.”

In the middle of June, parts of Highway 226 will be open and you may encounter other road closures.

“Traffic will switch over to two lanes of eastbound traffic from Cash coming this direction toward Jonesboro” Reddell said. “Then we will have one lane traffic back from Jonesboro to Cash on the new location of (Highway) 226.” 

Reddell said, with the addition of the new highway, drivers can expect new stop signs at the Highway 49 connector, as well.

The completion of the new four-lane Highway 226 is set for the middle or end of July, depending on weather.

Not far from this construction zone, Woodsprings Road in Jonesboro was closed Wednesday, as the AHTD replaced drainage tiles under the road.

Some cars were forced to turn around at the closure.

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