City awarded $415K for trail continuation

The City of Jonesboro has received a grant that will provide $415,000 for a continuation of the A-State Link portion of the City’s Master Connectivity Bicycle and Pedestrian plan.

The grant, awarded from ArDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program, requires a 20 percent match by the City. Titled the Washington Connection, this stretch runs from the curve at Hope Avenue north on Houghton Road and east on Washington Street to Marion Berry Parkway.

“This trail will provide a safe passage to walk or bicycle between A-State, downtown – as well as connect to sidewalks to the JET Transfer Station, police department or to do business in town,” Mayor Harold Perrin said. “It’s just another marker of progress for our overall plan to provide safe travel options around Jonesboro.”

This stretch will be 2,640 linear feet, 10 feet wide with a 2-foot barrier from the roadway and total construction cost is $519,450. The award is the third-largest of 43 TAP grants presented to cities, counties and institutions around the state this year. All provide sidewalks or trails for non-vehicular transportation.

“ArDOT has done so much for us, and the TAP program has helped Jonesboro with so many quality of life projects,” Perrin said. “I am grateful them, as well as our Grants and Engineering departments for making this project a reality.”

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