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HIGHWAY 289 ROADWORK UPDATE: According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as of today (Oct. 18), the roadwork being done to State Highway 289 is well on its way to being complete. Tuesday’s work consists of finishing setting boxes; Wednesday’s work involves backfilling: setting stones around the boxes, taking the dirt away that has been used for turn-arounds, and bringing the road back up to grade. Weather permitting, crews may be done with roadwork by Friday, but could be as late as Monday, Oct. 24. This section of 289 will remain gravel until it settles, then the road will be paved. Photo/Karen Sherrell

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by Carrie Johnson
In addition to the roadwork that State Highway 289 received recently, drivers need to be on the look out for more roadwork in the upcoming weeks. Repairs to two separate drainage systems in the area require closures to sections of state highways.
On Monday, September 12 at 8 a.m., a closure on a section of State Highway 58 north of Poughkeepsie and just outside of Williford in Sharp County began, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The work requires closure of 58 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 63. Motorists traveling on 58 will follow a detour. The northbound detour route is 354 north to U.S. Highway 167 and then U.S. Highway 62 east to 63. The southbound detour route is 63 west to 62 and then 167 south to 354. Weather permitting, roadwork will conclude on Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Directly following the drainage system repair at Williford, the crew will relocate to State Highway 289 between Glencoe in Fulton County and Horseshoe Bend in Izard County. The repair, weather permitting, is expected to begin in early October. Once the drainage system is done, the District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks the super pave.
This work also requires a road closure between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe. This is the most direct route to 62; motorists will have to find an alternate route. A press release with updated information such as detour routes will be published closer to the date of the repair.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow AHTD on Twitter @AHTD.

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by Carrie Johnson
Have you noticed the roadwork between Franklin and Glencoe that has been taking place for the past month or so?
Just wait, there’s more.
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to State Highway 289, from State Highway 56 (Franklin) to US Highway 62 (Glencoe). Atlas Asphalt, Inc of Batesville has been awarded the contract at $1,258,911.35.
Izard and Fulton County Highway Department personnel have been executing all of the prep work for this project, which is what everyone has been seeing around here lately. As most of you may have noticed, there is now a gravel shoulder-like strip on either side of the highway. As a passerby, they look like new shoulders. In fact, the width you see of the road now will be the new width of the blacktop.
The widened road will make traveling much easier for everyone, including tractor-trailers and vehicles pulling trailers. I’m positive that the boaters heading to Horseshoe Bend lakes and golfers heading to the golf courses will be most appreciative. The improvement will ultimately make travel safer for anyone driving the highway.
Instead of applying the usual chip and seal that Highway 289 has seen for years, the State Highway Department will be overlaying the entire section of the highway, starting at Franklin and working toward Glencoe. Super pave asphalt will be used for the project and has a life-expectancy of at least 20 years.
When the overlay is complete, the Izard and Fulton County Highway Departments will finish up by adding shoulders to the road.
Highway 289 will look like US Highway 62 upon completion. What an improvement!
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Finalization is expected in mid-2016.
Use precaution when traveling through road construction to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but the workers. Watch for speed limit changes and sudden stops, and keep an eye out for crew members. Leave early for your destination to allow extra time for travel.