Highway 226 bypass opens, affects morning commuters

Highway 226 bypass opens, affects morning commuters
Pilot vehicles guide drivers (Source: KAIT)
Vehicles stopped on Hwy 49 as crews remove barrels (Source: KAIT)
Vehicles stopped on Hwy 49 as crews remove barrels (Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A major traffic change in south Jonesboro affected morning commuters.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department employees removed orange barrels along with signage from the Highway 226 railroad overpass.

Traffic stalled shortly on Highway 49 so crews could safely open the new highway.

Shortly after, pilot vehicles guided traffic along the new roadway traveling both east and west.

This new opening does cause some traffic changes.

Those traveling north into Jonesboro on Highway 49 will now have to stop.

A highway department employee said the stop sign might be one of the most important changes facing drivers.

Cross traffic traveling east on Highway 226 will not stop and will be traveling at 60 miles per hour.

Drivers accustomed to using the Highway 226 Spur near Woodsprings Road will now have to use the new 226 bypass.

Crews closed parts of the spur Thursday to finish the 226 spur on the way to Cash.

AHTD asks all drivers to pay close attention to road signs in the area as this project continues.

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