Highway project to possibly reduce number of crashes

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 6:26 PM CDT
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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Transportation introduced a pavement project in hopes to decrease crashes on Highway 63 in Craighead County.

The contract involves a high friction surface treatment, according to Alan Walter, district construction engineer for AR-DOT.

The target area is at a curve on Highway 63, just outside of Bono.

"We mostly do this in rural areas, but this is specifically to help in wet-weather traction," said Walter.

The project comes in response to wet-weather crashes in the area.

"Some of our research people have put the number of crashes together and think this particular treatment could reduce the frequency of those accidents," Walter said. "It may not eliminate them, but we hope they greatly diminish."

Region 8 News requested information on the number of accidents that happened in the project's area, we have not received those numbers.

The traction product will resist the action of tires on slippery roadways.

Walter said at least a dozen locations in Northeast Arkansas are getting the high friction surface treatment, with one being on Highway 163 in Poinsett County just north of Highway 158.

Crews have not started the project which is expected to take approximately two days, but it will be completed in the summer months.

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