Arkansas completes major highway expansion project, others in the works

The last four-lane segment of U.S. Highway 65 between Pine Bluff and Lake Village, AK, is finally open, completing a $200-million, 24-year project to widen about 80 mi. of highway.

According to the Baxter Bulletin, the highway is still two lanes south of Lake Village through Eudora to the Louisiana line, but another major highway project is under way to widen about 10 mi. of U.S. 82 east from Lake Village, which leads to a new $366-million, four-lane bridge across the Mississippi River to Greenville, Miss.

Officials say the modernized highway will be an important trade route for transporting agricultural products.

Another four-lane route is also being built south from Pine Bluff to Monticello and construction on a 10.5-mi. segment of the 50-mi. route is nearly finished. When it’s done, southeast Arkansas will have two four-lane, north-south highways.

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