Gary B.: Highway 14 closure has ArDOT working hard to re-open ASAP

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Personnel with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) are working hard to re-open Highway 14 from Locust Grove toward Mountain View.

A stretch of the highway that lies close to the White River has had a history of experiencing a “slide” and causing a big dip in the pavement, if not a large hole.   It is an “engineering nightmare” to solve a problem that comes and goes with the weather and rainfall, officials say.

Tim Dunlap, a maintenance engineer with ArDOT, said the side of the highway closest to the river is where the biggest problem lies, noting engineers are looking to widen the area of the roadway on the side of the highway toward the mountain, and in effect, open a new lane for a short distance through the area.  

If that is feasible, it would allow for re-opening highway 14 for two-way traffic. 

Dunlap said he would let us know if that plan proves feasible and can be accomplished. We, in turn, will advise you when and if Highway 14 is re-opened to traffic.

Until that is accomplished, detour signs are posted to indicate an alternate route, sending traffic through the Wolf Bayou area.  

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