Interstate-530 Plans in Neutral

FEBRUARY 20, 2006 - Posted at 3:31 p.m. CST

PINE BLUFF, AR - The proposed extension of Interstate 530 in south-central Arkansas remains on the drawing board.

Plans for the extension between Pine Bluff and Monticello, about a 50-mile course, call for eventually making the route part of a proposed 2,000-mile Interstate 69 corridor from Canada to Mexico.

State Representative Booker T. Clemons says the project has been on hold since a meeting of Pinebergen residents in September.

At that meeting, residents objected to the planned route for the extension, which would be within 1,000 feet of the Jefferson County community, southeast of Pine Bluff.  Residents said they did not want it that close to them.  They said the highway should be constructed further south.

Clemons said several state legislators were working to restart the project.  He said it will benefit the area economically and he hopes construction will begin soon.

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