Poinsett County Cotton Farmers Seek Solution to I-555 Problems

OCTOBER 14, 2005 - Posted at 4:07 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Northeast Arkansas cotton farmers who use a U.S. route that is soon to be designated as Interstate-555 want continued access to the road.  Some traveled to Little Rock today to find a way to stay on the roadway after access to the four-lane highway is limited in 2008.

Federal law limits weights and the number of axles on trucks that use interstate highways.  Right now there is no frontage road along U.S. 63 between Marked Tree and Paineway.  Cotton farmers fear they'll have to travel longer distances between their fields and gins.

Congressman Marion Berry, a couple of farmers and highways director Dan Flowers met today in Little Rock.  They agreed there was a problem but did nothing to address it.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)