Friday, September 5, 2008

Street committee chooses design for improving intersection

Committee members settle on redesign of intersection
BY DUSTIN TRACY Northwest Arkansas Times
Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008
Fayetteville Street Committee members came to a conclusion Thursday night on how to redesign the intersection of Mount Comfort Road, Shiloh Drive and Interstate 540.

The group voted 4-0 on a design that would redirect Shiloh Drive a few thousand feet north and send it west to bisect Deane Solomon Road. The design also includes a new road, a cul-de-sac that branches off of Mount Comfort Road just north of the I-540 southbound exit ramp. The new road gives access to the Farm Credit Services business currently located off Shiloh Drive.

City Engineer Ron Petrie said that after the design receives Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department approval and the city works out easement agreements with current property owners, it could send the project out to bid. Petrie said the approval and easement process should take about two months.

The decision on the design took a little while because an agreement could not be reached between the city, representatives from the Farm Credit Services business and a property owner who owns 24 acres of land that will be divided by the new Shiloh Drive.

Don Nelms, the owner of the 24 acres, said he wasn’t completely happy with any of the three options city engineers worked on to present, but that he was trying to cooperate and come to a solution.

“ I don’t think it’s good for us. I don’t think it’s good for the value of our land, but I’m willing to agree to this. I want to be a good neighbor, ” Nelms told the committee.

The part of Shiloh Drive that will be closed will remain intact. Petrie said it could be used as a part of the city’s trail system in the future.

“ We didn’t want to rip it up if there was some potential use for it, ” he said.

The redesign is part of a larger project to alleviate traffic problems along Mount Comfort Road all the way to Rupple Road, Petrie said.

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