Forty years in the making, Interstate 555 in Arkansas is about to become a reality.
Arkansas highway officials and others will designate 44 miles of U.S. 63 as Interstate 555 on Friday. The route runs from I-55 near Turrell to U.S. 49 in Jonesboro.
Upgrades have been going on since the 1970s, but having the highway designated as I-555 was hung up because of a federal law prohibiting farm equipment from interstate highways.
Congress last year approved an exemption for a five-mile stretch between Payneway and Marked Tree, where wetlands adjacent to the highway are too sensitive to allow a frontage road. Farmers will still be able to reach cotton gins and grain elevators on the existing highway.
Ceremonies are set for midday at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.