Work on the second of two new interchanges in Lonoke County is gathering momentum, and construction should soon begin, Cabot mayor Bill Cypert remarked in a progress report on the North Terminal Interchange. The interchange, one of the projects partially funded by the Improvement Bond approved by Cabot voters in March 2013, will connect U.S. Highway 67/167 with Arkansas Highways 367 and 38 between Cabot and Austin.
Construction of the new interchange between Interstate 40 and Arkansas Highway 89 at Lonoke is estimated to be finished in the second half of 2014.
Both interchanges are the result of partnerships between the cities and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
Cypert said surveying for the North Terminal Interchange could be finished in June, with the conceptual redesign done in the same month, and the final design done by August 2015. Construction of the interchange could be complete within five years.
The first public involvement meeting will held in June, Cypert said.
“We had a joint meeting with the AHTD and the engineer ICA [Infrastructure Corporation of America] this week. I am happy to report that the design and project is moving ahead at full steam,” Cypert said in a message.
In other developments, the contract for the redesign of the junction of Arkansas Highway 38 with North Second Street (Arkansas Highway 367) has been awarded by AHTD.
The improvements will include a traffic signal and southbound turn lane. The improvements will also prepare the location to be where the North Terminal Interchange will connect with Highway 367. AHTD awarded the contract for $663,000.
Cabot’s portion of the cost is $376,000, and will be paid through the $9.5 million bond that was among those in the Improvement Bond special election in March 2013.
Work on the junction should be complete by the end of this year, Cypert said.
“…the new Arkansas Highway 89 Interchange at Lonoke is moving toward completion. Without question, the development around this interchange will surely include new employment opportunities with many of the residents choosing to live in Cabot,” Cypert said.
Efforts by Lonoke to add a new interchange, adjacent to the city’s industrial area, were begun in 2003; groundbreaking for construction was in March 2013.