State updates highway in Paris

Alex Gladden
Booneville Democrat

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is replacing asphalt on sections of Highway 22 in east Paris at a cost of $6.9 million. 

The state assigned the project to Blackstone Construction, based out of the Russellville area, said Chad Adams, Arkansas' District Four engineer. District Four includes Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, and Washington counties.

“It’s kind of a preventative maintenance type project," Adams said. 

The construction started in the summer of 2020, but work during the winter has been off and on because the workers cannot lay asphalt during cold weather. 

“Of course the weather put a damper on the project," Adams said. 

He said at the very latest work would begin again starting at the beginning of March. 

“It’s not uncommon to see them leave and come back," Adams said. 

The project covers three separate sections of Highway 22. Combined, the three sections of road add up to cover 16 miles, Adams said.  

Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said the Department of Transportation has kept Highway 22 in good shape. 

“I think they're just doing some right now to keep it from getting real bad," Rogers said. 

He said he is excited to see work being done to keep up the road. 

“Yeah we’re glad to see it," Rogers said. 

Rogers noted that the construction has caused traffic delays, but he said that is to be expected with any project. 

The city of Paris does not have any major road work that it is doing, Rogers said. 

The Department of Transportation also hired Blackstone Construction to replace asphalt on Highway 23 through Booneville. The project is substantially completed, Adams said. 

Workers mostly completed it back in November. The work is similar in nature to the Highway 22 asphalt replacement. 

The Highway 23 project costs $3.1 million. Workers started the construction in the summer of 2020. 

Adams said there are no additional major road projects in Logan County. 

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