AR highway projects get $5.7 million in federal grants

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The project to widen an often-congested span of Interstate 40 between Conway and Little Rock is getting a small boost with the announcement of nearly $3.8 million in federal funds.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced grants totaling almost $5.7 million for several Arkansas highway projects.

The largest chunk is going toward expanding I-40 from Conway to I-430 in Little Rock. Local highway officials estimate that about 70,000 vehicles use that 20-mile stretch of roadway each day.

The total project will cost about $100 million.

Other projects receiving grants include $1 million for a railroad overpass on Arkansas Highway 18 in Blytheville, $238,000 for a dry dock in Marion County and $144,000 for highway job training.

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