Highway Commission Selects New Chairman

NOVEMBER 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission has selected member Jonathan Barnett as its new chairman. He will take over for Prissy Hickerson of Texarkana, who served as chair for two years.

Barnett is serving a ten-year term on the panel, which began with his appointment in 1999 by Governor Huckabee.

Barnett says that his top priorities as chairman will be working with legislators and developing the state Highway and Transportation Department's ten-year highway program.

Barnett says he also wants to see completion of the Bella Vista bypass.

The commission announced yesterday that the P-F-M Group of Minneapolis will serve as financial adviser for the $211 million Bella Vista bypass toll road project.

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