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New Traffic Signal Will Mean Easier Access to Village on the Creeks

Access to and from Village on the Creeks will be easier next year, thanks to a new turning lane and traffic light at Stoney Brook and 52nd Street.

“It will help relieve the congestion that happens on Village Parkway and 52nd at certain times of the day,” said Brian Jackson, President of Hight Jackson Associates PA, the engineering firm that is overseeing the work. “This gives people an option.”

The “option” referred to by Jackson will mean drivers may access the Village via Stoney Brook, which parallels Village Parkway one block to the north.

“The light will make it easier for drivers on Stoney Brook who are turning north onto 52nd Street, and the right-hand turning lane will ensure a more constant traffic flow for those heading south to access I-540,” Jackson said.

Also planned is an advanced traffic warning system on 52nd Street, to be located on top of the hill near Crabby’s Seafood Bar and Grill. It will be mounted on a mast arm like a traffic signal, and will alert drivers heading south that there is a traffic light ahead.

Many new businesses have opened in the area over the past few years, including two new hotels and numerous restaurants. Also adding to the traffic is increased activity at Village on the Creeks, which has grown from 70% occupancy to over 90% in just two years. As a result, traffic counts at the intersection at peak times swells to 1,200 cars an hour, according to Ernest J. Peters, P.E., President and Principal Engineer of Peters & Associates in Little Rock.

“The Pinnacle Hills area has come roaring back from the Great Recession,” said Dewitt Smith, President of Devereux Management, which manages Village on the Creeks. “I don’t know of an area in Northwest Arkansas that can match this growth and vibrancy.”

The Village on the Creeks Property Owners Association paid for the preliminary warrant study and design of the new signal, and contributed an undisclosed amount for installation costs.

“All of us at Village on the Creeks are pleased that Mayor Hines, along with Planning and Transportation Director Steve Glass and his staff, were willing to work constructively with our POA in partnership to get the new signal designed and funded,” said Smith. “A special thanks goes to our State Highway Commissioner, Dick Trammel, who assisted in facilitating the discussions with the City of Rogers and helped gain the blessing of the Arkansas Highway Department, which was needed as the signal lies within their overlay area.”

The light will be operational next year, according to Jackson. “There are too many unknowns to allow me to give a date at this time. Utilities have be moved, and that’s always a wild card, but I expect it will be functioning in the first half of 2013."