Dangers at Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 63 Intersection

July 26, 2006 -- Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- No matter how you look at it, it's hard to know which direction to go at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63 and Washington Avenue.

"We don't even go that way.  We go down to Gee Street to go to Bono.  That intersection is very, very dangerous," said Washington Avenue resident Larry Kious.

Because this is already a dangerous intersection it's being changed.  An overpass is being built here, and that construction is causing confusion among some motorists.

"It is confusing to motorists who are used to it being one way, and then we have to change it," said Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department District Engineer Joe Barnett.

Marvin Day with Cameron Construction said they try to make sure motorists know where to go.

"It's pretty clear.  If you can follow the barrels and the stripes that they put down, it's pretty easy to figure out where you're going," said Marvin Day.

Having this type of intersection here is making the traffic problem worse.

"That's what the highway department is trying to alleviate.   The design is taking the 'at grade' intersection out, and so when the project is complete, it will be one of the better one's that we've got here in Jonesboro," said Day.

In light of Tuesday's fatal accident, A.H.T.D. is reviewing the scene of the accident.

Tuesday morning around 4:30 a.m. George "Butch" Blevins was killed while riding his motorcycle when he was forced off the side of the road by an 18-wheeler driving the wrong way on the one-way street.

"We've already made an initial visit to the site.  We're waiting on a copy of the accident report, and then the traffic investigator will come up and review the signing to make sure what we have up there is appropriate for the location," said Barnett.

Once the scene is reviewed the A.H.T.D. will take action from there.

The road construction project at the intersection of Washington Avenue and U.S. Highway 63 is expected to be completed by spring 2007.