Million Dollar Road Plan Coming To Fort Smith

Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith will soon turn into two lanes for a $1 million construction project, according to Chad Adams with the Arkansas Highway Department.

“This is the busiest road in Fort Smith,” driver Chris Jaber said.

Adams said it’s a 3.4 mile project going from Interstate 540 West to downtown Fort Smith.

“They’re going to mill the surface,” Adams said. “Kind of repair any base failures, anything like that to stabilize anything we recognize being unstable. Then they will overlay the entire length of the project and re-stripe it.”

“The contract came in at a little bit over one-and-a-quarter million dollars,” Adams said.

The construction will start Tuesday (May 27th).

But some drivers are not too excited for the construction.

“I can’t see how the city is going to function,” Jaber said.

Work on the project will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“Each district in the state is provided $5 million [for] overlays. We spread that out [to] seven or eight districts,” Adams said.

Adams said the project is expected to take six weeks.