Rogers is set to begin $11 million road-extension project
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Work will soon begin to extend Pleasant Grove Road, a project that officials said will make it easier to get to the far western side of the city.
The $11 million project will add about a mile to Pleasant Grove Road between Arkansas 112 and Rainbow Road to the east, engineer Lance Jobe said. A chart on the city’s website shows the project is to be completed by the end of 2020, the Democrat Gazette reported .
The extension is planned for a rural area of western Rogers where subdivisions have popped up in recent years. A 2015 study by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Arkansas 112 improvement recommends access management, which involves entry and exit points on the highway.
The area’s poor connectivity needs to be improved, especially because of residential developments such as the Scissortail neighborhood, Jobe said.
Scissortail is a gated subdivision opened in 2015. Bob David, Scissortail co-founder, said navigating the area is a bit like navigating a maze and that the Pleasant Grove extension will dramatically improve connectivity in an area that’s expected to grow.
“That part of Rogers and Bentonville is going to explode in the next five to seven years. That’s where the residential growth is,” David said.
There are 25 houses in Scissortail and more than 30 under construction, he said.
Tim Conklin, assistant director of the Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission, said the Pleasant Grove extension is a part of the overall puzzle to make traveling easier in the region. He said that as the population increases, more people need to easily travel from one area to another.
“We are a regional economy,” he said. “People live, work, go to school and shop all through Northwest Arkansas.”
Design for the Pleasant Grove project began about a year ago, but construction stalled.
“We have had some issues with land acquisition,” John McCurdy, Rogers’ community development director, said during a recent presentation.
A couple of parcels have mobile homes on them.
Viola Burgess, 92, said she has lived in the mobile home on West Pleasant Grove Road since 1976 and has seen the area around her grow.
“I hope I can live here until I die, and then give it to my grandson,” she said.
Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com