JONESBORO — Even as several major road improvements are already under construction in the Jonesboro area, the Arkansas Department of Transportation hopes to begin construction on more than $80 million in more work by the end of September.
Those projects would range from the eastern bypass, which would upgrade Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (formerly Commerce Drive) from Interstate 555 and extend it north to U.S. 49 (East Johnson Avenue) at Clinton School Road.
That estimated $34.5 million job is among projects listed in the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which is a plan for transportation and safety improvements through 2045.
The Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday to formally adopt the plan. The proposal had been available for public comment since early December.
The commission’s planning area includes Jonesboro, Brookland, Bono, Bay and the unincorporated portions of Craighead County between those cities. The commission’s job is to recommend the best use for federal transportation funding. The metropolitan plan will become part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan.
Other projects proposed for federal fiscal year 2021:
Intersection improvements to Arkansas 351 (Old Greensboro Road) and Airport Road, $7.1 million.
Widening Harrisburg Road (Arkansas 1B) 0.33 miles south of Parker Road, $2.9 million.
Railroad overpass on Airport Road, $14.6 million.
Pavement preservation of 6.77 miles of U.S. 49 and 49B in Brookland, $4.3 million.
Pavement preservation of 2.65 miles of U.S. 63 from Southwest Drive (U.S. 49) to Washington Avenue, $400,000.
Pavement preservation of 8.18 miles of Arkansas 91 from Arkansas 349 to U.S. 49 in Jonesboro, $2.5 million.
Major pavement preservation and other improvements to 68 miles of U.S. 63 from Dan Avenue to Southwest Drive, $20 million.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting will be conducted online. Residents may view the meeting on Suddenlink Cable Channel 24 or on the City of Jonesboro’s Facebook Live page.
The planning document can be found at: https://www.jonesboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/7511/Joint-Committee-Agenda-11221