Intersection improvements at the Shiloh Drive and Fulbright Expressway interchange, to include a roundabout or a traffic signal as approved by the Arkansas State Department of Transportation.
Why is It Important?
Left turning traffic from shopping areas east of the intersection backs up while waiting for traffic from Gregg Avenue to clear. During peak times, this backup extends to Steele Blvd. and impacts the intersection of Steele and Shiloh.
What is the Current Status?
A concept was developed that would relocate the on and off ramps for the Fulbright Expressway east to the Shiloh Drive & Steele Boulevard intersection. At this location, a Roundabout or Traffic Signal could be constructed to create a single intersection instead of the two that currently exist today. Garver, LLC was selected for the Traffic Study and the Intersection Design. This contract began in October 2019. The traffic study and preparation of conceptual plans are complete. Due to excessive construction costs associated with the roundabout design, the Transportation Committee decided to move forward with the traffic signal option. The current plan includes the construction of a right turn lane for eastbound traffic on Shiloh that is turning onto the on-ramp for the Fulbright Expressway. A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Shiloh and the ramps for the Fulbright Expressway, as well as at the intersection of Shiloh Drive and Steele Boulevard. Final design plans are being developed at this time. These plans will be submitted to ArDOT for review and approval prior to construction.
When Will it be Completed?
The design is expected to be completed and the project bid for construction in May 2021. Construction could then begin around August of 2021 and completed by the end of 2021.
How is it Funded?
Funding for the project comes from the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.