A study of the 71B corridor, between Cato Springs Road and the north city limits (excluding Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to North St.), is currently underway to identify recommended improvements to the corridor. These will include access management, pedestrian improvements, new signalization and other intersection improvements, aesthetics and branding, and congestion management strategies.
The 71B corridor serves as the major north-south arterial through the central part of the City, and also is a major commercial and retail destination. Maintaining and improving the corridor will allow it to continue to serve mobility needs, and to continue to develop/redevelop as a commercial corridor.
What is the Current Status?
The 71B Corridor master plan is complete and available here.
Phase one of the plan is currently underway. The City successfully negotiated transfer of the corridor from Arkansas Department of Transportation to City ownership.
Contracted consultants Garver Engineering and RDG have worked with City staff to develop conceptual plans from Cato Springs Road to Rock Street and from North Street to Township Street.
The City Council authorized Garver Engineering to proceed with detailed design of portions of the corridor at their December meeting.
The design team is currently working on the design for the section between North Street and Sycamore Street.
When Will it be Completed?
Construction schedules are to be determined. See separate project pages for Archibald Yell Blvd., and the Appleby/Planview projects. the North Street to Sycamore Street section should be bid for construction in the fall of 2022.
How is it Funded?
Funding for the project comes from the second phase of the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.