Main Street Jonesboro sidewalk widening gets the go-ahead from City Council

Jonesboro City Council approved funding to widen the sidewalk on Main Street.

JONESBORO — Stepping aside on that narrow sidewalk on Main Street will soon be a memory for Jonesboro residents.

Last week, City Manager Ricky Clark Jr. said the plans were being finalized “as we speak.“

The Jonesboro City Council voted Aug. 12 to add the Main Street sidewalk expansion project to an existing agreement for changes to Broad Street.

The Broad Street Project will include green space in place of a strip of blighted buildings torn down last year.

The change the the AIA agreement costs $25,000 and will be funded by a Community Development Block Grant. Staff recommended the expansion to create more space for residents and visitors, as well as to increase access to businesses on the main thoroughfare.

Another reason for the recommendation was safety. By getting rid of parallel parking in front of businesses like the Fig Tree Cafe and using that space to widen the sidewalk, the city hopes to decrease traffic hazards.

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