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NWA Road Projects Take Shape

Construction projects are taking shape across Northwest Arkansas, and the added benefits of infrastructure improvements are easier to see each day.
Northwest Arkansas - Construction projects are taking shape across Northwest Arkansas, and the added benefits of infrastructure improvements are easier to see each day.

On the East side of town, drivers are already enjoying the newly widened Highway 265. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says the first phase of the project's final completion date is the end of this year, but the orange barrels have shifted to the North. Crews are laying down paint in Fayetteville, and in Springdale the heavy work has begun.

"That is a project they have connected from way down in South Fayetteville, eventually all the way up to Rogers," says Springdale's Director of Engineering Alan Pugh. "Our particular portion is from 412 South to the city limits."

The AHTD Assistant Public Information Officer Danny Strassle says the Springdale work should wrap up in the middle of 2014, and the final phase, from Joyce to the Fayetteville city limits should be done in late Spring 2015.

"The state passed a bond program that will produce a tremendous amount of work in the area, a tremendous amount of projects," Pugh says. "It'll be good for Northwest Arkansas."

Springdale is also working on projects of its own, and the Don Tyson interchange is on schedule to be finished in early Fall of next year.

"August was fairly wet for us for a couple of weeks, that caused a little bit of a delay," Pugh says. "But (the contractor has) done a pretty good job of getting some more crews out there and getting us back on schedule."

The steel beams are in place at the Fayetteville flyover, and City Engineer Chris Brown says crews are installing decking before they can start paving the bridge. Brown says the project is on track to be finished months before the contract date in July of next year, but with Winter on the way, that could quickly change.
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