Fort Smith ramps to close three nights

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

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.

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