Commerce Drive Bypass proposed

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro residents may be able to eventually travel a new route as the State Highway and Transportation Department has proposed a new bypass on Commerce Drive.

The bypass will connect with the current road and then split into four to five lanes, according to Highway Commissioner Alec Farmer.

The bypass stemmed from a need for more routes with the congestion of Red Wolf Boulevard.

The Boulevard is only meant for 30,000 cars. However, an estimated 35,000 to 38,000 people use the road daily.

Several business owners on Commerce Drive said Thursday they hope the proposal is approved to relieve traffic issues for their customers.

"It gets pretty heavy at times, especially during the high commute hours," said Susan Lairson, office manager for Presidential Conversions.  "Those are the times it would really benefit to have something that goes around that makes it more convenient."

Lairson says many of their customers travel to their business at those times as well.

"All of our customer base have some sort of disability so, to have a little less traffic and a little less congestion is beneficial to our company," said Lairson.

The proposed bypass would cost $30 million total to construct.

The first phase of the construction would begin in 2020 and cost $10 million.

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