by Shannon Cay
BELLEFONTE, Ark. – Justices of the Peace in Boone County unanimously approve a resolution to get a traffic signal installed at a busy intersection near Bellefonte.
During the December Quorum Court meeting, Justices passed the first reading of a cost-share agreement for a stop light at Highway 65 and Highway 62.
This resolution expresses the county’s willingness to utilize federal aid monies for the traffic signal.
According to Steve Lawrence with the local division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the installation of the stop light would cost about 300-thousand dollars.
According to the resolution, the traffic signals construction and engineering cost would be covered by grant money from the federal and state government. However, the county would be required to pay for an engineering study at a cost of about 35-thousand dollars and regular upkeep and maintenance costs of the light.
Officials say once it has passed its third and final reading, the project would take between 18 to 24 months.