Federal Funding For Arkansas Highways Projects To End May 31

May 13, 2015

Work at the Big Rock Interchange in west Little Rock in 2012, one of the largest highway projects in recent years.
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says federal funding for the state's highway projects will end May 31.

AHTD Director Scott Bennett said Tuesday that he's received a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx that says the Federal Highway Administration will not be able to make payments of federal-aid funds to the states.

Bennett said highway officials were expecting the news unless Congress approved a highway funding program.

The AHTD has previously withdrawn 70 projects worth an estimated $282 million construction dollars from the 2015 bid opening schedule.