AHTD: $35 million highway project approved in Miss Co.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday announced that a Mississippi-based construction company was awarded a $35.4 million construction project in Mississippi County.

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia, Miss., was given the contract, which will widen nearly two miles of Arkansas 18 from two to five lanes starting in Manila and heading east.

Samuel Fleming is a cashier of the Little City Liquor store, along Highway 18 in Manila.

He said even though this project will be good for AHTD, it may be stressful on their business.

"A lot of our business is drive-thru business," said Fleming. "We get people passing through here from Jonesboro and places like that to stop in for a quick 30-pack or something. We are afraid that they'll go the other direction."

Fleming also said that he is happy because he thinks having more lanes in traffic will prevent accidents in the area.

"I think it will be a little safer because the traffic will flow easier which means you won't have as much pile-up with people having to stop on the dime and things like that," said Fleming. "It will be better because it won't be as congested in this area."

Construction is set to start in two to four weeks, with construction expected to be done in early 2019.

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