Highway 67 back open in Randolph County

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – Getting to Pocahontas just got a little easier.  Two weeks after it was closed due to high water Highway 67 reopened Tuesday morning.  The highway was closed in both directions when the flooding caused several inches of water to flow over the road.

The highway is open to only two lanes with one lane going in each direction.  Orange barrels are helping guide drivers down the temporary lanes.  The road closure has been tough for people who were trying to help flood victims, truckers and people who commute back and forth.  For those who have been inconvenienced by the long detours, this is good news.

"I live in Walnut Ridge and I commute here and I've been having to drive out to 161 and to and 361.  Instead of a fifteen minute drive it has been a 45 minute drive every morning," said Cliff Farmer.

There is still water covering a corner of Highway 67 north near Shannon.  Walter McMillan with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said they are waiting for the water to go down so they can reopen the highway to four lanes.

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