BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - A road project is underway in Brookland that will make access to town safer and quicker.
The project on Eason Street began after the city was chosen for State Aid Street funding.
According to Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones, the city prioritized this project following the concerns of emergency response safety.
Eason Street, now gravel, will soon be overlaid and built up several inches from where it sits now.
"We are building the road up right now, put 8 to 10 inches of gravel on it, another 4 inches of chat, 2 to 4 inches of asphalt, so we'll have this road built up about 16 inches when we are done," Jones said.
The street is in a low-lying area, which is prone to flooding, according to Jones.
It's also an alternative route for emergency responders.
"This has given us an opportunity to also work on our drainage," he said. "It's continuously under water when it rains. We've dug side ditches on both sides of the road and put in a culvert, which will take some of the water to the ditch."
Jones said these upgrades are an effort to give emergency responders a safer and quicker route when used.
"If the train is blocking the tracks in town or something happens, and we need emergency vehicles, this gives the emergency vehicles responding from the Jonesboro area a quick access into the city," Jones said. "Time in certain matters could mean the difference in life and death."
Jones said trains, in fact, block both railroad crossings in town quite often for various reasons.
"The fire department, police officers, and EMS have told me they like this idea," Jones said. "This will keep them from going the long way around town. This will also be convenient for people living on the east side of town."