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Fayetteville Flyover Takes Form, Forces Road Closures

Fayetteville, AR - The flyover is taking shape, as crews install beams onto the concrete pillars, but the progress will cause road closures starting Monday night.
Fayetteville, AR - The flyover is taking shape, as crews install beams onto the concrete pillars, but the progress will soon cause road closures.

The first set of beams are already up, and crews were able to install them without affecting traffic, but the next step is hanging beams over the top of the Fullbright Expressway and Highway 71 Business.

"This work that's coming up, setting the beams, is gonna really let the public see what the bridge is going to look like," says Fayetteville City Engineer Chris Brown.

But the work will also force full closures of both the Fullbright Expressway and Southbound 71 B, staggered over the next three weeks.

"They have 15 minutes to basically swing a beam into place, get it secured and then get back out of the way so that traffic can continue to flow," Brown says. "We'll have signage to keep everybody safe."

The work will be done after 8:30 pm starting Monday night, and Brown wants drivers to take alternate routes if possible.

"We're trying to stay out of the peak traffic hours, but we do tell people to expect up to a fifteen minute delay," he says. "If you get there right when that 15 minute period starts, you could be sitting there for 15 minutes and that's a pretty significant time to be sitting in traffic."

It may be a long wait, but one that will pay off before much longer.

"The flyover, once it's all done it will virtually eliminate the U-turns now that we see," Brown says. "We expect to take out several hundred cars out of the intersection of Joyce and College."

The contractors have until mid 2014 to complete the flyover, but Brown says the project is a couple of months ahead of schedule, and if Winter weather cooperates, crews could be finished even sooner.
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