Highway 67 Coalition Working for Improvements in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri

April 21, 2004 -- Posted at 10:50 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF  -- "We're very envious of Arkansas work on 67 and we hope that Missouri can learn something from our friends in the south," says Scott Faughn. He is the executive director of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. He will head up the newly formed coalition of officials from cities located along Highway 67. They are pushing to make Highway 67 the shortest route between St. Louis and Little Rock by turning the entire stretch into four lanes, because four lanes equals economic growth.  Scott says Missouri for state government and local leaders have been promising to build this highway for a long time and they're ready to stop being promised and ready to start seeing asphalt laid.

On the Arkansas side of the state line Corning Mayor J.H. Ermert is glad to see a dual state partnership" I'm just happy our Missouri people wanted to form this coalition and make this happen. A four lane road is also safer for drivers because there is simply more space. Even though Highway 67 could take years to complete but the highway collation aims to keep their plans on the table.

If U.S. 67 is four laned all the way to St. Louis it would probably become a short cut from Chicago to Dallas.  The highway could become a part of an extended I-30 which now runs from Little Rock to Dallas.