The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last month that it was awarding $40 million to the Arkansas Transportation Department to reconstruct and improve two sections of U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville and Cabot.
The money, which comes from the federal Department of Transporation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program, will be used to widen U.S. 67 from four to six lanes, construct an overpass, convert frontage roads to one-way operation and reconstruct two interchanges.
The INFRA grant to Arkansas is part of a $906 million investment by the federal government in U.S. infrastructure. The funding is going to 20 projects in 20 states.
“Arkansas has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to make Highway 67 an interstate-quality road,” U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., said in a June 16 press release announcing the grant. “This major award from the Department of Transportation will help facilitate the ongoing upgrade of Highway 67 to meet interstate requirements. Completion of this project is key to encouraging economic development in neighboring communities.”
Boozman wrote the language to designate the portion of Highway 67 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge as “Future I-57.”