AHTD opening Highway 167 Sheridan bypass

The new Highway 167 Sheridan Bypass will be open to traffic Thursday, weather permitting, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Crews have been constructing the 8.5 mile stretch of highway since late 2010. The new $25 million bypass begins just north of Sheridan. It extends west of downtown, crossing Highways 35, 270 and 46. It reconnects with existing Highway 167 south of Sheridan. The new bypass is expected to alleviate downtown traffic congestion.

Construction will continue in the area until mid-May. Motorists should use caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Details: Visit IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com or follow them on Twitter @AHTD.