Members of the Cabot City Council on Monday were updated on different ongoing projects taking place within the city.
Aldermen were updated on projects such as the north Cabot interchange. The city is partnering with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and is contributing $10.1 million. The project was awarded by the Highway Department at the end of 2016 which is estimated to cost $25.5 million.
Aldermen were also advised that the city is paying for lighting worth $384,000 in the Willie Ray Drive area leading to the railroad overpass. “[The Highway Department] is providing decorative lamps and electrical conduit,” according to a municipal release.
The agency is also managing the first phase of a traffic signal and intersection reconstruction for an interchange at State Highway 367 and State Highway 38. The project started in 2014.
“Due to the interchange, significant growth will mature in the northwest sector of the city between US 67/167 and State Highway 5 and north of State Highway 89 west due to available land for both commercial and residential development and being in the Cabot Water and Wastewater service provider area.”.
The project will provide a north loop to the city of Cabot in order to relieve traffic workload on the city streets and highways.
“Significant economic development is expected to emanate from the interchange,” added the release. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.
The state is continuing to work on the US 67/167 project which will widen the thoroughfare from four lanes to six. The bid was awarded in December 2016 and the project has 300 days to be completed in accordance with the $79 million project.
Work will take place in the areas of Exit 16 near State Highway 321 and State Highway 5 in Cabot as well as Exit 11 in the Vandenberg Road area of town near the entrance to the Little Rock Air Force Base.
“Two lanes each direction will remain open at all times during construction,” continues the release. The brand new lanes will extend approximately 4.6 miles.
The community continues to improve the quality of its parks system as the city committed earlier this year to the construction a dog park. In January, the city began construction at the Cabot Community pond and walking trail. The two fenced in areas are designed for both large and small dogs.
The city continued this month working on the new senior citizens center which is at the site of the old library. The Phase 1 congregate area was to be completed by June 1. The old Senior Center is to be a small event center.