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Jonesboro to close Broad Street this weekend

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A car turns off Broad Street, in Jonesboro, in this June 1 file photo. Jonesboro officials will close the street this weekend to put a new sealant on the street, and re-stripe parking spaces. The work is scheduled to be done by Sunday afternoon, according to Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox.

File photo A car turns off Broad Street, in Jonesboro, in this June 1 file photo. Jonesboro officials will close the street this weekend to put a new sealant on the street, and re-stripe parking spaces. The work is scheduled to be done by Sunday afternoon, according to Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox.

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Jonesboro residents will have to do without trips down Broad Street this weekend, as the street will be closed for a little bit of freshening up, the city's mayor has confirmed.

Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox said city police will close Broad Street -- a short throughway which runs behind a row of Main Street law offices and shops -- just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, as long-talked-about improvements on the street begin. The street will remain closed until work is completed on Sunday, and is scheduled to re-open around 3 p.m., he said.

That means people wanting to cut down the one-way street will have to find an alternate route.

Road crews will be putting a new sealant on the street, and re-striping parking spaces, which is something city officials have been talking about doing for months, to improve access on the street.

"The way it's set up now, there's times when you can't get emergency vehicles down the street because of the way cars are parked on it," Maddox said. "So, we're going to reset the parking spaces, so that we have a clear path to get down the street."

The work on Broad Street is part of Jonesboro's Streetscape project, which saw its first phase of renovations along Main Street and McDonough Street completed this past spring, city officials have previously said. The project has already altered the look of downtown Jonesboro with new lamp posts, wider brick sidewalks and brick planters.

The re-sealing and re-striping of Broad Street is being done on a weekend, the city's mayor explained, to minimize the impact on businesses that use the street. He said many of the businesses that use parking spaces on the street will be closed, with the exception of the Arts Clayton Gallery, and the Clayton House treatment center.

"That's [the weekend] the best time to do it," Maddox said. "The lawyers and their secretaries park their cars on that street, during the week, so by doing it [the road work] on Saturday, and Sunday, we won't have to deal with that.

"Arts Clayton is fortunate because they also have parking spaces out front [on Main Street], and the Clayton House, which will be the only place facing Broad Street that is open this weekend, has been notified that the work will be taking place."

Last month, Maddox told the Clayton News Daily that angled parking spaces will remain on half of the street, in a section that runs between Main Street businesses and the fire house museum, the print shop and the Clayton House. Maddox also said there will be parallel parking on the section of the street that lies between other Main Street businesses and a parking lot that sits next the Clayton News Daily office.