New portion of Highway 226 to open soon in Craighead County

New portion of Highway 226 to open soon in Craighead County
(Source: KAIT)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will host a dedication ceremony for the new Highway 226 connector road on Aug. 11.

The $83-million-dollar project is a 12-mile, four-lane divided highway between Highway 67 and Highway 49 southwest of Jonesboro at Gibson.

A nearly three-mile stretch of Highway 49 was previously widened to four lanes from Gibson Switch to Valley View.

Now, Jonesboro has four-lane access to the east on Interstate 555 as well as to the west and central Arkansas through Highways 226 and 67.

U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford, highway commissioners, AHTD officials, local elected officials and business leaders are expected to be in attendance for the dedication ceremony.

The dedication will require traffic to be detoured for nearly two miles between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Traffic will be routed to old Highway 226 and the Highway 226 spur.

Detour signs will be posted at the intersection of Highway 226 and old Highway 226 as well as Highway 226 to Highway 49.

Law enforcement will be on hand to direct traffic to the dedication area at the two detour sites.

The dedication is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on top of the new railroad overpass near Gibson.

Drivers are advised to use caution when traveling through work zones.

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