Safety measures to be put in place at unfinished roundabout

Jonesboro roundabout running behind schedule
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students head back to school in less than two weeks, but one major Jonesboro road project remains way behind schedule.

Construction delays of a roundabout at Aggie and Airport Roads have caused city officials to discuss putting safety measures in place, especially for the first day and week of school.

"This roundabout, in my opinion, should have already been done," Mayor Harold Perrin said. "I've expressed my feelings; I can assure you, to the contractors on two different occasions."

Construction on that project started in September of 2015. The construction company slated the project for 75 working days. Nearly a year later, they've only worked a third of that time.

Mayor Perrin told the Nettleton School District, which has two schools less than a block away, that he expected the project to be completed by the time the 2016 school year rolled around.

"It just didn't happen because of the weather and the moving of the utilities," Mayor Perrin said.

Regardless, school goes back into session on August 15, meaning safety measures must be put into place.

"I can assure you that we're gonna have police out there working the intersection because of school buses from two schools," Mayor Perrin said. "Also, if they don't get it filled in, we'll have to get some barriers there because there's a pretty good drop off there. We'll make sure and work with the chief and the street department that it is safe for the people."

Mayor Perrin said the most recent halt in construction happened last week after a box culvert was placed too close to a gas line.

Mayor Perrin said when the highway department inspected the work; they shut the project down until the box culvert could be moved.

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