LITTLE ROCK (8-8) 

The Benton Parkway , in the southern part of Benton , will close to through traffic beginning Wednesday, August 13, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials. 

Expected to be closed for the remainder of the year to accommodate construction of the new Highway 35 railroad overpass, the roadway will be open to local traffic only between Highways 88 and 35. Detours will divert traffic to Highway 88, the same route used by motorists before the Benton Pa rk way was built.

M.J. Lee Construction Company of Tulsa , Okla homa, was awarded the $15 million contract to construct two new railroad overpasses as part of major improvements to the intersection of Highways 35 and 183 in Saline County where traffic regularly backs up due to the trains.

One of the overpasses will be located on Highway 35 just west of the existing intersection with Highway 183. The second overpass will be built on new location to the east and will connect Highway 35 to the Benton Pa rk way .

According to AHTD officials, the western Highway 35 overpass will be built first with initial construction beginning in the next several weeks. Once this phase is completed the Benton Pa rk way will be re-opened. That should be by the end of the year. Completion of the entire project is estimated to be in the spring of 2010.

As always, motorists are urged to exercise caution when approaching and traveling through highway work zones.



For Further Information Contact:

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
10324 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72209
Tel: 501-569-2000
FAX: 501-569-2400