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Jonesboro Traffic To Be Re-Routed For Construction of Railroad Overpass

Arkansas Department of Transportation

Starting tomorrow morning at 10 am, the Arkansas Department of Transportation will close Highway 18 at Nettleton Avenue to build the new railroad overpass. Those traveling eastbound will drive on the recently completed Watt Street bridge, opening Monday, to Highway 463, and those driving westbound will take Cain Street to Nettleton Avenue. The new overpass will be complete in 2022.

This press release from the Arkansas Department of Transportation:

Improvements to Highland Drive require temporary road closure in Jonesboro, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. Weather permitting, crews will place a closure on Highway 18 (Highland Dr.) at Nettleton Avenue at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11.

This closure will allow crews to begin construction of a new railroad overpass. Detours will direct traffic to use Watt Street, where ARDOT recently completed a new railroad overpass as part of this project to serve as an alternate route (see attached map).

This work is expected to be completed in early 2022. Traffic will be controlled by barricades, signals (both temporary and a new permanent installation) and signage. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.