Public Meeting on Intersection Improvements June 26

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) will host a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Piggott Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed intersection improvements to U.S. Highway 62 within the city.

The issue was first broached at the regular April meeting of the Piggott City Council, as Mayor Jim Poole informed council of ArDOT's plans to address traffic flow problems through the city. At the time he indicated they had been doing a feasibility study on the construction of three roundabouts—or traffic circles, at three locations.

Mayor Poole reported ArDOT was looking at the addition of roundabouts at the corner of North Third Avenue and West Jackson, between Piggott State Bank and the current Region's Bank; at the corner of West Jackson and Scurlock, where the old convenience store is now located, and at the intersection of West North and Scurlock just north of that location.

“They've been working on this for the past couple of years, and they've got the drawings all worked-up,” Poole said at the time. “They also plan to re-work the intersection at the stop light and will be removing some of the obstacles.”

The study was in response to several decades of efforts by city leaders to formulate a plan for easing the flow of traffic through the city for semi-trucks, which are hampered by the sharp turns along U.S. 62 west. The tight corners have also been the locations of numerous minor traffic accidents over the years, and officials hope the addition of roundabouts will alleviate the issue.

In recent years the use of roundabouts has expanded, and the same plan was presented to Marmaduke city officials recently in response to issues they have at the intersection of Highways 49 and 34. The public meeting in Piggott was planned to allow input from the public, and a chance for ArDOT officials to share plans and drawings with local residents. An official notice, with further details, may be found in this week's CCTD print edition.

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