Board Of Directors To Decide On Road Projects

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CHAFFEE CROSSING (KFSM) - The Fort Smith Board of Directors will be asked to approve more than a $1 million project in road work on Tuesday (Nov.3). The discussions will include street improvements at Chaffee Crossing.

Crews are wanting to improve the roads that will be right next to the new Osteopathic Medical School that's in the middle of construction in Chaffee Crossing.

Crews are wanting to improve a thousand foot section of Veterans Avenue which is on the south end of campus. Then on the north end of the school they're doing a realignment of about 800 feet that will tie in to some of the sections that serve the college campus. The final project would be a section on Chad Colley Boulevard that would be right in front of the school.

Not only will crews improve the roads, but they will also be constructing four main parking lots near the campus. The entire road project rounds up to be more than $2 million.

The work is being paid for by a federal economic development grant, the city Degen Foundation which is also developing the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. City leaders said the roads and the parking lots will be finished before the new school opens.

City leaders said construction for the road projects will start up in about two or three weeks and will be finished at the beginning of next year.

Also, going before the board Tuesday, the Sanitation Department wants to build two roads at the Fort Smith Regional Sanitary Landfill.

The Board of Directors meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center on Jenny Lind Road.