March 2, 2006 -- Posted at 5:40 p.m. CST
The idea of an overpass has been discussed for several years, and now, it seems construction could be just around the corner.
"It was Dr. Wyatt's vision about eight years ago when I first came here, that it would be much safer for students, and residents of Jonesboro if they didn't have to cross three sets of rail road tracks," said Jennus Barton, Vice President of the Department of Finance and Administration at Arkansas State University.
It is a move that could be beneficial to area residents.
"If there's a train, then you have to wait. Sometimes you show up late for class and that gets you behind and you have to catch up," said ASU student Mary Rougeau.
Now, that vision is closer than ever to coming true.
"In hand today, we have a little over $15 million to go against the $17.2 million budget," said Barton.
Other funding for the overpass will come from the federal government.