Highway 49 in Jonesboro is becoming a road that many people are avoiding. For Paragould resident, Leia Taylor she just feels lucky she does not have to deal with the traffic as much.
She tells Northeast Arkansas News, “ yesterday I went into town and I could see headlights you know coming at me for people trying to head north. It looked pretty rough”
Over the last two weeks drivers have been dealing with traffic delays along highway 49 as construction workers work on adding new asphalt to the road.
Some businesses like Fat City Steak and Grill House have noticed a drop in business.
Managing Partner Tom Fielder says, “certainly yesterday, hey the traffic was pretty thick; it was backed up and I know there were some delays but we weathered that storm fairly well. I guess we could say maybe it’s a little frustrating, but at the same time we know it needs to be done”
The road work alongside East Johnson Avenue has traffic narrowed down to one lane on each side. People are avoiding this as if it’s the plague especially during their lunch hour and the time people are heading home around 5 o’clock in the evening”
“a lot of times we will go into town once a week for lunch. That is sort of off the schedule for the next three to four weeks. Nothing past the hilltop area that way we can get it in an hour instead of an hour or two hours because we’re having to wait in the traffic line to get back out this way”
Arkansas department of transportation says the asphalt road work will be continuing daily for the next 2 to 3 weeks.