Project to widen Ark. 5 still in conceptual stage

BRYANT (Saline Courier) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department met with Bryant residents Tuesday evening at First Pentecostal Church regarding plans for widening Arkansas 5 from Benton to Little Rock.

Highway Department officials say the changes are necessary to accommodate continuing growth in the communities and increasing traffic congestion. The department estimates 15,000 vehicles travel this stretch of highway per day and projects this number will double by 2035.

The first portion of the project, scheduled to begin in 2015, will be the section from Reynolds Road to Springhill Road, and the department is conducting a planning study to prepare.

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