Lincoln-Pryor announce important transportation funding for Arkansas projects (including I-430-630 interchange)

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Lincoln, Pryor Announce Approval of $13 Million for Transportation and Economic Priorities in Arkansas

Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor today announced that the Senate has approved the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010, containing more than $13 million in transportation and economic priorities for Arkansas. The annual spending bill funds the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Transportation infrastructure is vital to economic development efforts in Arkansas,” said Lincoln.  “These funds will help ensure that our state receives federal support that will compliment local efforts to create and sustain growth.”

“These transportation projects are a bridge to economic growth. They mean safer roads, shorter commute time and development throughout the state,” Pryor said.  “While it’s easy to defend the merits of every project on Arkansas’ wish list, it is much harder to squeeze out the limited funds available to support them.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I was able to make a strong case, and I’m pleased with the funding allotted for our state’s projects.”

The following is a list of priorities for Arkansas contained in this year’s Transportation-HUD appropriations bill:

$200,000 for the Arkansas Foodbank Network for a new facility in Little Rock
For 25 years, the Arkansas Foodbank Network has distributed food and grocery products through its member food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school food programs and other organizations and programs that help the hungry.  The primary service area encompasses 33 counties in the central and southern part of the state.  Additionally, the foodbank works with the five other foodbanks in the state to ensure they receive the most nutritious food possible for the hungry they serve.

Funding will be used to develop a new facility that will enable the foodbank to double total distribution to hungry Arkansans. The new facility will have greater cooler and freezer capacity, which will allow the foodbank to accept more fresh and nutritious product.

$2 million for Interstate 69/Great River Bridge: Highway 65-MS Highway 1
Funds will be used to continue engineering, design, and right-of-way acquisition for I-69/Great River Bridge. This bridge is a portion of a new location, four-lane, controlled-access highway.

$3 million for Interstate 430/630: Interchange Modification
Planned improvements will modernize a 25-30 year old cloverleaf interchange between two major urban interstates to eliminate severe congestion during peak travel periods.

$800,000 for the Interstate 40: New Conway South Interchange
The Federal Highway Administration has approved a Draft Environmental Impact Statement identifying the location of the Conway Western Arterial Loop to meet current and future traffic needs.  An essential element of this proposed new location route is to provide additional arterial route capacity in western Conway.  This new location route will connect at the north and south with Interstate 40 which is a major east-west route.

$3 million for I-540: Fayetteville-North Interchange Improvements
Due to the rapid growth that is occurring in the region, traffic volumes have grown to levels that are producing urban traffic congestion.  The commercial growth of the region has gravitated to the interchanges on I-540, resulting in queues that back up on Interstate ramps to such an extent that they occasionally interfere with Interstate operations.

$1 million for Highway 226: Highway 67 to Highway 49
Funding will support the development and construction of a project to widen Highway 226 to a four-lane, divided facility on existing locations between two interstate-type facilities, the new location of Highway 67 and Highway 63 (Future Interstate 555) in Jonesboro.  Widening Highway 226 will improve commodity flow with shorter travel times, which will help the region’s economy.

$2 million for Highway 63 Interchange Improvements
Funds will be used to make interchange improvements along U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro.  The intersections at Southwest Drive, Harrisburg Road, Caraway Road, and Stadium Boulevard have become dangerous and studies show that increased traffic in the next 5 to 10 years will back up for miles off the exits onto the future interstate.

$1.4 million for Highway 167: Louisiana State Line to Sheridan
Funding will support the development and construction of a project to complete the widening of Highway 167 to a four-lane arterial between the Louisiana State line and the City of Sheridan.  This segment is part of an ultimate 4-lane arterial connection between the Louisiana State line and Interstate 530.

$500,000 for Arkansas Statewide Bus and Bus Facilities
This funding is requested for buses and bus facilities for Arkansas’s small urban and rural transit systems, and to supplement the procurement of ADA vans and small buses for Arkansas’s 250 community service organizations serving the elderly and persons with disabilities.

About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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