By Ethan Nahté / Times Record / enahte@swtimes.com

Posted Feb 17, 2020 at 12:01 AMUpdated Feb 17, 2020 at 9:57 AM

About 100 attendees turned out Thursday at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown to look over several large maps of highway construction draft proposals by the Arkansas Department of Transportation should Issue 1 pass.

There were plenty of politicians and public officials from Crawford and Sebastian counties as well as surrounding areas. Four of the five Arkansas Highway Commissioners were also in attendance, making themselves available to answer questions after the event.

There were also several local residents who came to view the plans and listen to ARDOT Director Scott E. Bennett, P.E. as he gave a presentation explaining the pros and cons of what will occur if Issue 1 passes or fails. He mentioned several key points that Arkansas Highway Commissioner Keith Gibson of the Fort Smith region previously discussed at a meeting in Lavaca, reported in the Feb. 10 edition of the Times Record.

Bennett’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session. State and county politicians spoke, as well as House of Representatives candidate Jim Reynolds and a few area residents offered their opinions.

Reactions were primarily positive. Fort Smith resident Richard Griffin even complimented ARDOT for the work they’ll be doing on Towson Avenue. (FULL ARTICLE LINKED BELOW)