There’s now a cement, barrier wall separating the Northbound and Southbound lanes of I-49, but is it really keeping you safe?
About a week ago, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the barrier wall was hit. In that accident, the wall took on some damage. AHTD is currently in the process of making arrangements to have it repaired. Although it’s damaged, the wall can still take a hit. AHTD says the damage done is cosmetic and repairs being performed will ensure water doesn’t seep into the structure.
AHTD Resident Engineer for Washington County Bashar Qedan says, “This construction is designed to withstand traffic – being hit from vehicles, trucks, but it is basically a concrete structure that is in the median between the Northbound and Southbound traffic.”
Construction for the barrier wall is broken up into sections. The Washington County section runs from Porter Road to just before the Johnson exit and is scheduled to finish along with the rest of construction, late next year.