TRAFFIC ALERT: Several major changes coming to Jonesboro beginning July 7

Updated: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:44 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -Several notable traffic projects and changes are coming for Jonesboro commuters.

According to a Facebook post from Jonesboro police, the changes will start Tuesday, July 7.

⚠️ Effective tomorrow (Tuesday, July 7) all northbound traffic on I555 will be switched over to the southbound lanes and...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Monday, July 6, 2020

First, all northbound traffic on I-555 will switch to the southbound lanes, and traffic will be head-to-head in the southbound lanes separated by a barrier wall currently in place.

The switch will happen “on the stretch of I555 between the MLK/Commerce exit and the Southwest Drive exit,” the post noted.

According to police, the change will last until the end of 2020, and traffic will be switched head-to-head into the northbound lanes until the end of 2021.

Crossover lanes installed for road work on I-555 in Jonesboro
Crossover lanes installed for road work on I-555 in Jonesboro(KAIT)

While this happens, crews will start work on five different overpasses.

The work will start at 6 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m., with the project expected to take several weeks.

The overpasses affected include:

  • Willow Road
  • Red Wolf Boulevard
  • Caraway Road
  • Southwest Drive
  • Harrisburg Road

Work will also start on Southwest Drive from Parker Road to Highway 226.

The project is reportedly six miles long, will take 4-5 weeks to complete, and will require temporary lane closures throughout the area.

Temporary lane closures also continue at the intersection of Highland Drive and Caraway Road.

A temporary traffic signal is being installed, and the intersection will be controlled with the temporary traffic signal.

Lastly, work continues on Highway 18 and Nettleton overpass.

Police said there’s still “several months of work” before traffic switches over the new Watt Street overpass bridge “and Highway 18 will be closed down at the railroad tracks.”

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