Harrisburg Road project clears committee, council

Harrisburg Road project clears committee, council

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A plan to expand Harrisburg Road to five lanes in a heavily traveled area of Jonesboro received a key boost Tuesday night as the Jonesboro City Council gave the go-ahead to look at the project.

The council's Public Works committee and full council approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with Memphis-based engineering firm Fisher & Arnold Inc. to do surveys and traffic studies on the issue.

According to the proposal, the plan calls for five lanes on Harrisburg Road from East Parker Road to Forest Hill Road. Mayor Harold Perrin told council members that the project was part of the Arkansas State Transportation Improvement Plan, or STIP.

Earlier this week, residents said the expansion of the road would help with traffic problems in the area.

In other action, the council approved separate ordinances to spend $566,000 for street overlay projects as well as $344,000 for sidewalk work around Jonesboro.

The overlay work will include about a dozen projects including work on Nettleton Avenue from Caraway Road to Red Wolf Blvd. ($82,524.48), North Patrick Street and Aggie Road from Johnson Avenue to the A-State campus ($52,935) and Lacy Drive from Dan Avenue to the Jonesboro city limits ($143,324.56). The sidewalk work includes areas on East Cherry Street, Aggie Road, West Monroe Street, South Church and North Church Streets.

New A-State men's basketball coach Mike Balado was also introduced to the council and council members also heard from Perrin about a plan for revenue enhancement.

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