Nearly 700 Arkansas Road Projects Ready For Public Review

Mar 21, 2016

The Big Rock Interchange in west Little Rock, one of the biggest recent projects by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A five-year plan for Arkansas highway construction and maintenance projects totaling $4.8 billion is ready for public review and comment.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the more than 350-page plan includes nearly 700 large and small projects that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning from 2016 to 2020.

The centerpiece of the statewide transportation improvement program draft is a project to remake the Interstate 30 corridor through North Little Rock and downtown Little Rock. The $631 million project is the plan's most expensive item.

The plan also includes a $500,000 project to overlay a badly battered section of U.S. 70 in Little Rock, a $30 million access road to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Benton County and $64.2 million of work on U.S. 67 in Jackson, White and Lonoke counties.