Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin received approval from Arkansas Department of Transportation commissioners this week for $25.19 million in grant funding to construct an overpass above the BNSF railroad tracks on Highway 18 (Highland Avenue) at Nettleton Drive.
The grant required a roughly $3 million match by the City and is part of the $90 million State Transportation Improvement Project grant the City won a year ago.
“We have people who have to drive through eastern Jonesboro who have been wanting this for years,” Perrin said. “When you receive $25 million for $3 million, you have been awarded a fabulous grant, and I thank everyone at ArDOT, including our local commissioner Alec Farmer, who found a way to help us fund this project.”
Construction will be performed by Capital Paving and Construction LLC of Jefferson City, Missouri. Perrin said as soon as the funding was confirmed, he scheduled the first pre-meeting with Capital for Dec. 19.
“I cannot wait to see this overpass come to fruition,” Perrin said. “Traveling this route continues to be a major headache when the railroad gates are closed, and I am proud to say that was are nearing the day when it’s nothing but a memory.”