Fort Smith ramps to close three nights
Repair to on ramps for highways and interstates in Fort Smith will require the ramps to be closed overnight for parts of three days beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.
The Interstate 540 southbound off-ramp to Arkansas 255 will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.
The I-540 northbound off ramp to Grand Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday, also weather permitting.
The ramp from Twin Circle Drive, also called Arkansas 59, to I-540 northbound will be closed during the same hours Wednesday and Thursday, again weather permitting.
Traffic will be controlled using warning signs and traffic drums, the department said.
The work involves repairing high friction safety treatments on the ramps. The application uses rocks that are both polish- and wear-resistant and develops channels to prevent water buildup on wet surfaces.
Maintaining the appropriate amount of pavement friction, according to the department, is critical in locations where drivers may brake excessively, such as when going around curves or approaching an intersection.