Today lets go to Clarksville. Have you dropped off or picked up your child from any of the Clarksville schools? If you have you understand, if you’ve ever been in slow moving traffic after a NASCAR race or concert or some event like that then you understand. Pretty much everyone has been or will be stuck in slow moving traffic. This traffic they’ve got on West Clark Road in front of Clarksville School District has to change. In an effort to help traffic keep moving, a roundabout was installed at the intersection of West Clark and Cline Road. This might have helped, except that half of a mile to the west, the road is completely shut down due to a structure being rebuilt. So basically there is only one way in, and one way out to drop off or pick up your kids from school. I haven’t even mentioned all the heartburn the employees of Hanes Brands, Inc. must have as well. All of this has to change. Lets circle back to the roundabout idea, please stop putting roundabouts in places that don’t really need them. I get that you want a solution to keep the flow of traffic moving, and they do that. I think a roundabout’s intention is to be placed in areas where more than 4 roads diverge at a single intersection. There aren’t too many of those around. I can think of two off the top of my head in Fort Smith and North Little Rock, and the North Little Rock one already has a huge roundabout. But if you really want to keep it I guess I can make it work with an idea. Why don’t we extend Cline Road to the south, over I-40, to a new intersection with Interstate Drive? This is what I’m talking about:
That is only 1200 feet. Keep your roundabout if you just have to have it. Since this bridge is spanning the entirety of the interstate, it would have to be at least a 300 foot span bridge. We don’t need any ramps since this bridge would be less than 1000 feet away from the Crawford Street intersection with I-40 (Exit 57). Now what to do about that baseball field that’s in the way of our new road. Lets move the softball field to the baseball field’s location. This would free up more space for the administration or whatever else they might need to build there. Move the baseball field across Clark Road. They already wanted to move the high school over there. I don’t know whether or not they planned to use the land east or west of Cline Road, but there is plenty of room for a baseball field. This way the sports areas stay together. You might even have room to squeeze in more parking areas around this part of campus. Once they open West Clark to traffic, coupled with this project, that would give 4 points of entry and exit for traffic to come and go in this busy part of town.
Until next week