Of­fi­cials ap­prove street changes

Ex­ten­sion added to Dix­ieland

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - HICHAM RAACHE

SPRING­DALE — Changes to the city’s street plan were rec­om­mended dur­ing Tues­day’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meet­ing.

The com­mis­sion unan­i­mously ap­proved the changes, which will move to the City Coun­cil for ap­proval.

The pro­posed changes are the re­sult of a stan­dard re­view the com­mis­sion does in odd-num­bered years, ac­cord­ing to Melissa Reeves, pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor for the city.

“These changes were pro­posed to ad­dress trans­porta­tion needs of the city to max­i­mize the ef­fi­cient, safe and or­derly flow of traf­fic through and within the city, serv­ing as a frame­work for ef­fi­cient growth and de­vel­op­ment,” Reeves said.

The changes in­clude an ex­ten­sion from 56th Street to the 412 by­pass with a pro­posed in­ter­change on the by­pass, an ex­ten­sion of Dix­ieland Street from Ap­ple Blos­som Road to Wagon Wheel Road and iden­ti­fy­ing

a need at 45th Place to 40th Street, said Patsy Christie, di­rec­tor of Plan­ning and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment for the city.

The Dix­ieland Street ex­ten­sion will cre­ate a con­nec­tion from the city’s north side to Low­ell, said Kevin Pars­ley, com­mis­sion chair­man.

“This Dix­ieland ex­ten­sion that comes across Ap­ple Blos­som Road helps with ac­ces­si­bil­ity be­cause it’s de­signed to be a four- to five-lane road,” he said.

There’s no timetable for mak­ing the changes to the street plan hap­pen. When it hap­pens, it will likely be paid for with a com­bi­na­tion of state and fed­eral money and a bond ex­ten­sion, Pars­ley said.

“It helps give a blue­print (defin­ing) what are the key ini­tia­tives that the city are look­ing for,” Pars­ley said.

Christie said there’s no guar­an­tee the changes to the plan will hap­pen.

“We’re get­ting it on the master street plan so we can move for­ward with var­i­ous fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Christie said. “If you don’t get it on there, there’s no plan for it. It’s a plan­ning tool.”

The Dix­ieland Street ex­ten­sion will cre­ate a con­nec­tion from the city’s north side to Low­ell, said Kevin Pars­ley, com­mis­sion chair­man.

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