APRIL 3, 2004 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT
WASHINGTON, DC - The $275 billion federal highway bill passed Friday afternoon dedicates $2.4 billion to the Arkansas Highway Department and several million more to individual congressional districts.
Congressman Marion Berry announced $16 million for specific projects on U.S. highways and interstates in his eastern Arkansas district. The Caraway Road overpass project in Jonesboro is to get $7 million and two Interstate 40 projects should get $3 million each.
The bill also names Highways 412, 226 and the future Interstate 555 from I-55 to Jonesboro as High Priority Corridors.
Still, Berry was disappointed that the bill would not be able to address all of the state's needs. He noted that he had originally supported a bill to spend $375 billion nationally by 2006, but was forced to reduce funding by $100 billion.