DECATUR -- Work progressed toward the Decatur Branch bridge as the private contractor completed the six-mile stretch of Arkansas Highway 59 between Gentry and Decatur.
As of 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6, the paving project topped the hill near the old Dollar General store, working its way north.
Traffic in Decatur was backed up in both directions with the highway reduced to a single lane. On average, motorists were facing at least a 10-15 minute delay as the private contractor paved its way to the Decatur Branch bridge, which is Phase 2 of the Arkansas 59 improvement project.
The next step in the improvement project will be the paving of Arkansas 59 through Decatur and on to the Wolf Creek bridge, which is also scheduled to be replaced in 2021, along with the Decatur Branch bridge.
Motorists in the construction zone in the coming weeks are urged to be mindful of the workers and vehicles moving in and out of the area. Be sure to allow extra time to get to your destination.