Highway 71B Corridor

What is this Project?

A study of the 71B corridor, between Cato Springs Road and the north city limits (excluding Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to North St.), is currently underway to identify recommended improvements to the corridor. These will include access management, pedestrian improvements, new signalization and other intersection improvements, aesthetics and branding, and congestion management strategies. 

Read more about the 71B Corridor Plan

Why is It Important?

The 71B corridor serves as the major north-south arterial through the central part of the City, and also is a major commercial and retail destination.  Maintaining and improving the corridor will allow it to continue to serve mobility needs, and to continue to develop/redevelop as a commercial corridor.

What is the Current Status?

Updated 6/21/2021

The 71B Corridor master plan is complete and available here

Phase one of the plan is currently underway. The City successfully negotiated transfer of the corridor from Arkansas Department of Transportation to City ownership.  

Contracted consultants Garver Engineering and RDG have worked with City staff  to developed conceptual plans from Cato Springs Road to Rock Street and from North Street to Township Street. 

The programming document is complete and has  been submitted to the City for review. The City is working identify specific projects within this corridor to develop construction plans for.

Transportation Committee will make recommendations regarding initial phases of construction. 

When Will it be Completed?

Updated 6/21/2021

Construction schedules are to be determined. See separate project pages for Archibald Yell Blvd., and the Appleby/Planview projects.

How is it Funded?

Funding for the project comes from the second phase of the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.

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