Residents react to Harrisburg Road expansion project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Residents are reacting after the Jonesboro City Council voted down a proposal this week to expand the widening of Harrisburg Road.

The initial plan was to expand Harrisburg Road adding lanes from Parker Road to Forest Hill Road, with the city and the state partnering to pay for the expansion.

However, after a traffic study was done, the city wanted to continue the expansion to Lakewood Drive.

Mayor Harold Perrin proposed moving $2 million for the project, but council members voted down the proposal on Tuesday.

Now, residents are having mixed reactions about the issue.

One man who lives in the area says he's glad there won't be five lanes all the way down to Lakewood Drive.

Joel Zorn says congestion is already an issue along that stretch of road.

"During heavier traffic it usually takes me anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic, to make a left hand turn out of here," Zorn said.

Several other residents fear the expansion would bring more businesses and commercial traffic to this residential area.

Arkansas Department of Transportation District Engineer Brad Smithee said as long as everything stays on track with the partnership between the city and state, work on the project could begin as soon as 2019.

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