The Conway Morning Optimist Club passed a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday to support the bond issue in the special election set for Sept. 9.

"We’re a civic club who is stepping up in support of it and we hope others will follow," said C.H. Turner, president of the Conway Morning Optimist Club.

Based on proposed plans to develop Southeast Conway with new retail stores, neighborhoods and an increase in jobs, it will be a big challenge to manage traffic flow, Turner said.

During the election, voters will decide whether to rededicate a 1/8 cent sales tax bonded until 2021 out to 2044 to fund road improvement projects tied to the proposed Central Landing mixed-use redevelopment of the Conway Municipal Airport as well as the Lewis Crossing shopping center on Amity Road.

If the street improvements are not built the Central Landing developers, Jim Wilson & Associates, would be able to back out of their contract.

The rededicating of bonds will allow the City of Conway to build an overpass bridge that will connect Bruce Street and Elsinger Boulevard, essentially connecting Conway Commons to Central Landing, and will finance the rest of construction for the Southern Interchange.

"Be it resolved that the Conway Morning Optimist Club be on record to support the rededication of City bond issues to make this happen — approved July 8, 2014."

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