Road work to begin on parts of Southwest and Highland Drives

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Drivers in Jonesboro will need to pay attention over the next four weeks as several lane closures will affect their daily commute.

According to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, crews will resurface parts of Highway 18 on Southwest Drive and Highland Drive.

The work will begin on Monday, June 26 and last for about four weeks. Crews will work daily between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Highland Drive will have alternating lane closures from Southwest Drive to Red Wolf Boulevard while crews remove and repave asphalt.

Work along Southwest Drive will be a little more extensive.

Crews will also have alternating lane closures that start in the northbound lane of Southwest Drive between Interstate 555 and Highland Drive. Crews will repair the base and remove and repave the asphalt. In the end, all lanes of Southwest Drive will be repaved.

Some residents are concerned that this pavement preservation project is not a good idea for such a heavily traveled roadway.

"There is already a lot of honking that goes on here and always a lot of people," said Kalee Morgan. "I think they would probably need to put in some kind of light or have someone come flag traffic or something."

"People drive crazy enough in Jonesboro as it is and if they don't have anyone managing it, people don't pay attention anymore. Most people don't," said Ronald Jones. "It will be dangerous."

Brad Smithee with AHTD said people should avoid driving in the area during the resurfacing of the roadways if possible.

If not he said to be mindful and patient of the driving situation until the project is complete.

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