POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The conversion of Hwy 63 to Interstate 555 has been in the works for over 10 years.
There are several signs along Hwy 63 promoting the future I-555, but most people want to know when the future will be a reality. Some Poinsett County farmers use Hwy 63 to get across the St. Francis floodway. The road department isn't ready to make the highway an interstate until farmers have a new route.
"The interstate system started being discussed right after I came into office about 12 years ago," said Tyronza mayor, Marion Bearden. It has been an ongoing process."
Randy Ort with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said the new route or frontage road could cost about $25 million.
"This area is prime area for agri-tourism and I don't know very many spots where you could take a 30 minute drive going north and see cotton, bean, corn, rice," Bearden said. She said this interstate could increase tourism in Region 8.