- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Motorists will be able to travel a new route in south-central Arkansas starting next week.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced Friday that a new $25-million bypass near Sheridan will open at 12 p.m. Thursday. Highway officials say the roadway should decrease congested traffic in Sheridan’s downtown area.

The new 8.5-mile stretch of highway starts just north of Sheridan. It continues west of the area’s downtown and crosses Highways 35, 270 and 46. The bypass rejoins with Highway 167 south of the city.

Crews have been building the bypass since 2010, and construction is expected to continue in the area until mid-May.

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