Federal Plan Would Upgrade Some in Northeast Arkansas, Southeast Missouri

OCTOBER 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT

KENNETT, MO - The Mississippi Delta could be getting some new or refurbished highways under a proposed federal plan aimed at aiding distressed and rural counties in the region.  The federal Delta Regional Authority told a group last week in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, that it plans to upgrade a network of highways to connect industrial and commercial sites.  The draft Delta Development Highway plan requires congressional approval.

Cape Girardeau was the second stop on a five-stop tour in which the authority requested input from local and state officials.  The final list of highway projects will be released next month.  The area the authority serves stretches from south of St. Louis through Arkansas into Louisiana.

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