When highway construction divides private property and makes one side inaccessible, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department usually pays damages to the landowner for lack of access to the property. On the Pine Bluff Bypass along Bayou Bartholomew in Jefferson County, the Department purchased and retained approximately 200 acres of remnants along the bayou for their natural wetland and floodplain values and for wildlife habitat. Leaving this "greenway" in its natural state has preserved the habitats of squirrels, possums, foxes, bobcats, whitetail deer, and other species. The City of Pine Bluff is currently constructing a pedestrian walkway through the greenway.
--Apr 25, 2003
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