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Jonesboro to host Streetscape groundbreaking

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Jonesboro city officials will host a public groundbreaking ceremony next week, to signal the beginning of the Jonesboro Streetscape project.

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 2 at 3 p.m., on the corner of College Street and South Main Street in downtown Jonesboro.

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said former City Council members, former mayors, and other dignitaries are expected to take part in the groundbreaking. He said all of them had contributed to the realization of the project, which will involve burying utilities underground, and adding new sidewalks and new traffic lights along Main Street, between College and Spring streets.

"It's a culmination of seven years of work by the mayors and councils of the last seven years," Maddox said. "Moving the justice center from downtown really sucked the life out of the area. If we don't revitalize the downtown area and make it more pedestrian accessible ... it will just dry up more so than it [has] now. You have to make it attractive to get the people downtown and you have to get the people back to have any kind of commercial success."

According to city officials, the first phase of the project will cost approximately $2.73 million and take one year to complete.

Maddox said Friday that work to bury the utility lines along Main Street will begin next week. He said some lane closings will take place during the week, between 9 a.m., and 3 p.m.