Nettleton Bridge Project Making Progress in Jonesboro


Nettleton Bridge Project Making Progress in Jonesboro
While the project is scheduled to take two years, Jonesboro officials say construction of a new overpass at the intersection of Highland Drive and Nettleton Avenue could be completed in 16 months. (Halsey Thrasher Harpole)

A railroad overpass project at Highland Drive and Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro continues to make progress, but it still is years away from being completed.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said last week that the city has picked Bridgefarmer & Associates Inc. of Dallas to handle the environmental and design work for the project. Perrin said the contract calls for Bridgefarmer, which has an office in Little Rock, to finish its work in two years, but he hopes it will be completed in 16 months or less.

The construction of the bridge is estimated at $13 million to $14 million, he said.

The city received a $1.2 million grant in 2014 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help pay for the environmental and design plans for the overpass. The city of Jonesboro also contributed $300,000 for the project.

Perrin said the overpass had been studied for about two years and is expected to reduce delays and improve safety.