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I-69 Route Approved in Arkansas

MAY 25, 2006 - Posted at 8:15 a.m. CST


LITTLE ROCK, AR - State highway officials say a route for Interstate 69 that takes the planned highway south of Monticello and Warren and north of Hermitage has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

The approval allows the state agency to begin design and eventual construction of the 103-mile segment, estimated to cost $784 million.

The section running from U.S. 65 just north of McGehee to U.S. 82 west of El Dorado is part of a proposed 2,700-mile highway from Mexico to Canada, the result of the North America Free Trade Agreement.

Meetings will be held along the route to gather public input and show residents what property will be affected.

There is no target date for construction to start.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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