APRIL 20, 2004 - Posted at 3:51 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Thirty community leaders from northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri met in Little Rock today to strategize about how to get more money for U.S. Highway 67.
Representatives from the Arkansas Highway Commission assured guests from Missouri that it is a priority to turn the direct route between Little Rock and Saint Louis into a continuous four-lane highway.
But, they said, it would cost $175 million to expand the two-lane road from Walnut Ridge to the state line, and until the federal highway bill is decided, they don't know if they will have the money.
Scott Faughn of the Poplar Bluff, Missouri, chamber of commerce acknowledged that Arkansas is way ahead of Missouri in getting federal aid for the project and said the two states should act together.
Arkansas Highway Commissioner Carl Rosenbaum said this was the time to push for funding because many U.S. Senators and congressmen are up for re-election.