City Leaders Give The Green Light To Multi-Million Dollar Road Project

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) - A multi-million dollar project will soon be in the works for a highly traveled road in the River Valley.

Fort Smith city leaders discussed plans for the project on Tuesday (Feb.16) at 6 p.m at the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center. The plan includes widening Jenny Lind from two lanes to five lanes between Cavanaugh Road and Zero Street around the old Whirlpool Plant.

The project has been in the works since 2005, but now city leaders are wanting to take action by making Jenny Lind Road and Ingersoll Avenue wider.

The 90 degree turn from Jenny Lind onto Ingersoll would have a traffic signal installed.

Plans are also in the works to widen Ingersoll Avenue to three lanes from Highway 271 to Jenny Lind.

Before construction gets underway, the project had to be approved by the Board of Directors.

The idea behind this construction is to improve traffic flow through this highly traveled area, especially in the morning and evening when traffic is most congested through the area.

Now that the project has been approved, city officials plan to begin construction by April. According to Stan Snodgrass, Director of Engineering the entire road project will be done within two years.

The proposed project would cost around $30 million. The funds would come from a $7.2 million federal grant and the city's one-percent sales tax.