Arkansas will be receiving $40 million in federal funding for roadway repairs.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation was awarded $40 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the reconstruction and improvement of two sections of U.S. 67 that are located northeast of Little Rock. This funding, announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on Thursday, will come from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.
According to the project guidelines, the funding 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.” These improvements will be taking place in both Pulaski and Lonoke counties with the highway between Cabot and Jacksonville being widened.
These improvements are designed to increase economic vitality by limiting travel times and reducing congestion in the Central Arkansas region.
Several nearby states also received funding for infrastructure improvements. Tennessee will receive $11.2 million to install 143 miles of fiber optic communications and to deploy intelligent transportation system (ITS) devices on Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville. Mississippi will use $71.4 million to complete the construction of the Greenville Bypass.
In addition, the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority will be upgrading an industrial park located in Inola, Okla. with new structures and constructing a new rail spur. This project will be accomplished with a $6.1 million grant.
Twenty states across the nation received funding, amounting to a total of approximately $906 million in grants.
“This Administration is focused on infrastructure improvements and this $906 million in federal funding will improve major highways, bridges, ports, and railroads across the country to better connect our communities, enhance safety, and support economic growth,” Chao said in a statement.
The infrastructure for Rebuilding America program was established by the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and the grants are designed to provide funding to address critical roadway issues throughout the United States.