Rogers is set to be­gin $11 mil­lion road-ex­ten­sion pro­ject

El Dorado News-Times - - Obituaries -

Work will soon be­gin to ex­tend Pleas­ant Grove Road, a pro­ject that of­fi­cials said will make it eas­ier to get to the far western side of the city.

The $11 mil­lion pro­ject will add about a mile to Pleas­ant Grove Road be­tween Arkansas 112 and Rain­bow Road to the east, en­gi­neer Lance Jobe said. A chart on the city's web­site shows the pro­ject is to be com­pleted by the end of 2020, the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ported .

The ex­ten­sion is planned for a ru­ral area of western Rogers where sub­di­vi­sions have popped up in re­cent years. A 2015 study by the Arkansas Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion on Arkansas 112 im­prove­ment rec­om­mends ac­cess management, which in­volves en­try and exit points on the high­way.

The area's poor con­nec­tiv­ity needs to be im­proved, es­pe­cially be­cause of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments such as the Scis­sor­tail neigh­bor­hood, Jobe said.

Scis­sor­tail is a gated sub­di­vi­sion opened in 2015. Bob David, Scis­sor­tail co-founder, said nav­i­gat­ing the area is a bit like nav­i­gat­ing a maze and that the Pleas­ant Grove ex­ten­sion will dra­mat­i­cally im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in an area that's ex­pected to grow.

"That part of Rogers and Ben­tonville is go­ing to ex­plode in the next five to seven years. That's where the res­i­den­tial growth is," David said.

There are 25 houses in Scis­sor­tail and more than 30 un­der con­struc­tion, he said.

Tim Con­klin, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the North­west Arkansas Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said the Pleas­ant Grove ex­ten­sion is a part of the over­all puz­zle to make trav­el­ing eas­ier in the re­gion. He said that as the pop­u­la­tion in­creases, more peo­ple need to eas­ily travel from one area to an­other.

"We are a re­gional econ­omy," he said. "Peo­ple live, work, go to school and shop all through North­west Arkansas."

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