Fort Smith city leaders approve project to widen Arkansas 45

Work on the highway will begin in 2020, and it is expected to take two years to complete.

By Laura Simon
KFSM 5 News

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Some major improvements are in the works for a busy Arkansas roadway.

Fort Smith city leaders voted unanimously in favor of widening Arkansas Highway 45. It would widen the highway from two lanes to five, and go all the way from Highway 71 to Zero Street.

"I'm glad," resident Isabel Butte said. "There's a lot of traffic all the time, and it just gets really crazy over there."

Butte has to take Highway 45 every time she leaves her neighborhood. She said traffic is the worst when people are heading to and from work and school.

"Sometimes you have to leave really early just to get somewhere," she said. Read more.

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