Set of bridges to see upgrades in Cherokee Village

Published: Feb. 23, 2023 at 2:42 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 23, 2023 at 6:50 PM CST
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CHEROKEE VILLAGE, Ark. (KAIT) - The city of Cherokee Village soon won’t have water issues with two of its main bridges in town.

Two bridges on Highway 175 near Town Center become impassible when heavy rains fall due to high water.

Mayor Steven Rose explained Thursday that the Arkansas Department of Transportation would work on the roadway to handle the water.

Rose expects work to begin soon.

“They’ve given us a proposed start date for this,” he said. “Hopefully, around May. We’re really excited to see this done.”

The mayor explained it’s something he’s glad to see.

“As a citizen, it’s exciting to see. It’s an inconvenience when the water gets over the roadway because the only way around it is to drive several extra miles,” Rose said. “What is normally a 10-minute commute turns into a 20-25 minute commute.”

Mayor Rose said the project had been in the works for years, but now all the pieces are coming together.