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Highway Expansion

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Area residents, land and business owners look over a scale map of the proposed five lane highway expansion through Ash Flat at a public awareness meeting hosted by the Arkansas Highway and Transportaion Department June 11. Photo by Tammy Curtis
A five lane highway expansion that is proposed to widen Highway 62/412 to five lane through Ash Flat was the topic of discussion at a recent meeting hosted by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD). The public awareness meeting was held June 11 at the Ash Flat Community Center.

Many local business owners and landowners from the area were present to discuss the proposed expansion and its impact on the area. Representatives and engineers from AHTD were present to explain the process, reasons for the expansion and right-of-way issues to the public. In addition to the discussions, a scale map of the project was available for viewing.

Ruby Jordan, public involvement section head, said the project is only in the preliminary phase and there is no cost estimate available. She said, "We will have to acquire property for right-of-ways but there is no displacement planned." This was a concern with many of the residents attending the meeting.

Representatives encouraged area residents to fill out the questionaries to provide input for the AHTD. Some of the questions pertained to historical sites, cemeteries and septic systems as well as asking for ideas that would make the project better serve the community.

Joe Trantham, District 5 construction engineer, said that any project comes from a need and this particular project was created mostly for safety purposes, but also to accommodate future growth. He said that before this project begins, the AHTD takes the public opinion polls and feedback into consideration. He said the first step is to get final approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Prior to this, the AHTD must submit an environmental impact statement.

After the final approval, Tranham says the 1.1 mile expansion will begin with moving utilities and the process of obtaining right-of-ways.

He said the project could begin in the fall of 2010 and said that it would take two summers to complete due to the limited working season for construction work.

The prospective five lane project is set to begin just outside Ash Flat near the Church of Christ and continue through the city to near the Citgo gas station.

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I do not see how this would make it any safer. With the turning lane, and people getting in it long before they have to turn off, would cause more accidents it appears.

-- Posted by rebelman on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 2:02 PM

rebelman- exactly what you said. I have been close to getting hit head on because people get in the center lane way too early. But in their defense, they might do that to be able to slow down before they make the turn.

-- Posted by hlhmlm on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 3:07 PM

Turning lanes, most of the people around here will not use it anyway. They like to stop in the fast lane and then turn, never using the turn lane.

-- Posted by visitor1 on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 10:23 AM

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-- Posted by brockman on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 9:13 PM

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