Highway 18 project plans released

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) held public meetings in Monette on Monday evening, May 19, and Manila on Tuesday evening, May 20, to discuss Highway 18 improvements.

Residents gathered information and viewed displays. AHTD personnel were on hand to assist by answering questions about the project and providing pertinent information.

Molly Ann Fulkerson speaks with Trinity Smith, engineer with the Arkansas State Highway Department. Fulkerson was surprised to discover the proposed Highway 18 expansion will go through her house as it connects back to the existing Highway 18 near Big Lake. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The proposed project will be located in Craighead and Mississippi Counties and will consist of widening Highway 18 from two lanes to four or five lanes, including new location sections north of Monette and south of Manila.

The proposed roadways (including the new location sections) in the rural areas will be four lanes with shoulders and a variable width median. The proposed roadways in the urban areas will be four lanes with curb and gutter and a continuous left turn lane.

Information on right-of-way acquisition, relocation assistance program and environmental assessment information was distributed.

The preferred alignment displayed on the project map will go north of Monette and back to the existing Highway 18 on through Manila By-pass to Highway 77 approximately 3/4 of a mile, then east until reconnecting with the present Highway 18 just west of Big Lake.

The AHTD is sensitive to the concerns of the citizenry and final plans will be developed after the comments from the public meetings are received and an evaluation of all impacts of the project can be completed. All comments must be received by the AHTD by Monday, June 9, to be considered as pat of the public hearing documentation. Written comments should be mailed to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Environmental Division, P.O. Box 226a, Little Rock, AR 72203.

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