The ins and outs of roadwork in Fort Smith

Abbi Ross
Fort Smith Times Record

Another day, another dollar and another roadwork project for the city of Fort Smith. Here are some of the city and state roadwork projects to look out for.

Recently Completed, and In the Works

City crews are working on drainage overlay on North O Street that should be finished in around six weeks. The work is part of a project that also includes work on R Circle, 22nd Street and 38th Street. The entire project should be completed in two to three months.

There are numerous repaving projects throughout the city. The work being done on U.S. 71 South between Fort Smith and Greenwood is expected to be finished this month.

The maintenance and widening of Zero Street/Highway 255 in the Chaffee Crossing and Barling area has started, but has faced some delays because of right-of-way and utility issues. The project will take until late 2022 or early 2023 to complete.

There should not be major interruptions to traffic in the area.

Drainage work at Ramsey Trib was recently completed by city crews.

Forsgren Construction heavy equipment lines Geren Road in June. Several road improvement projects are still underway and planned in Fort Smith.

On the Horizon

Once finished up at U.S. 71 South, state crews are planning to move to Rogers Avenue/Highway 22.

The work will stretch from Interstate 540 through Barling, Central City, Fort Smith all the way to Highway 96. The 13-mile job should start later this month or early August. It will be mostly nighttime work in the Fort Smith area. The work should be completed around late September.

Work on Wheeler Avenue and Highway 255 on the west side of the city is slated to start sometime this August.

Both projects, as well as the U.S. 71 work, are being done through Forsgren Inc. They are all resurfacing and preventive work.

There will also be upcoming drainage work on Candle Stick and Moody Drive in coming months. 

Further on the Horizon

Riverfront Drive/Highway 255, will be resurfaced.

Highway 45 is set to be widened in late 2022, and will be a long term project.

A project on Towson Avenue to redo drainage and work on curb, gutter and resurfacing will go to contract late next year.