Judge talks I-555 project

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix recently spoke about the potential project of U.S. 63 becoming Interstate 555 through a consolidated project by Jonesboro and Poinsett County governments. However, at the monthly Quorum Court meeting, Nix said it was unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Initially, Nix had said Jonesboro was applying for a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant for the project and would have liked Poinsett County to be a co-applicant for the project in order to build a access across the floodway.

"The Jonesboro Delegation went to Little Rock last week to speak with the Department of Transportation about this project," Nix said. "To make a long story short, they told them not to even apply for it based on the cost of it."

Although the discussion of the project was short-lived based on the decision, the topic did spark conversation between Quorum Court members about the need for repair to several bridges in the county including those in Lepanto, Marked Tree and Tyronza.

"The Highway Department is stretched for funds, and its a problem," Nix said.

In other business, the court:

*passed a resolution authorizing Nix to apply to the East Arkansas Planning and Development District for a Strategic Planning Community Engagement Grant.

*approved the Appropriations and transfers, 2013 Clean Up Ordinance.

*approved a motion to have the County Wide Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 10. This gives residents an opportunity to freely dump at the landfill dumpster materials such as: shingles, wood, metal, glass, clothes, furniture, carpet and padding, concrete, hard plastic and appliances. Also, the Poinsett County Landfill is a collection site for tires.

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