Highway Department considers alternate plan for extension | Transportation
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, has reevaluated the three alternatives previously analyzed for the proposed extension of Highway 13 between Highway 267 and Highway 36 in White County.
After consideration of the reevaluated information and the comments received at the recent public meeting, the AHTD has identified Alternative 2 as the preferred alternative. This plan extends north from the intersection of Highways 13 and 267 and then turns northeast, eventually following Honey Hill Road north to Highway 36.
This alternative would consist of two different cross-sections, including rural and urban designs. The rural design would have two 12-foot wide travel lanes with eight-foot wide shoulders, extending from Highway 267 to the intersection of Booth Road and Honey Hill Road. The urban design would have two 14-foot wide travel lanes with curb and gutter and a sidewalk on the eastern side of the roadway, extending from the intersection of Booth Road and Honey Hill Road to Highway 36.
After further design and survey work is completed, a Design Public Hearing will be held in Searcy to receive additional public comment on the design of this Preferred Alternative.
The total funds available in the STIP for the North Searcy Connector is approximately $30 million, which includes a partnering contribution of $6 million from the local community. Construction on the North Searcy Connector is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2013.