City on track to build railroad overpass

Days of waiting for a train to pass on Airport Road may finally be over.
Days of waiting for a train to pass on Airport Road may finally be over.(Arkansas Department of Transportation)
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 5:24 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2022 at 11:43 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Days of waiting for a train to pass on Airport Road may finally be over.

The City of Jonesboro announced it has paid its portion of a project to build an overpass at the heavily-traveled crossing.

The project has been in the works for years.

“It’s a project that we continue to move forward with, and this was the next in one of those projects, and our 20% investment will allow ArDOT to start the project at the beginning of next year,” Copenhaver said.

Thrilled to relieve traffic in a very congested area, Mayor Copenhaver said this will also make emergency crews very happy.

“Number one, it is safety as always in the community, and accidents and delays at train crossings, you’ve seen a great example now of what we have done at Highland,” Copenhaver said, referring to the overpass at the intersection of Highland Drive (Highway 18) and Nettleton Avenue.

The project is expected to begin in the spring with the goal of completion in a couple of years.

correction: Initially, we reported the overpass would be installed at the intersection of Nettleton Avenue and Airport Road. Instead, it will be located just northwest of the airport. We regret the error.