LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - It will be a while before U.S. 63 between Jonesboro and Crittenden County attains an interstate highway designation.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Thursday the project to convert U.S. 63 to a four-lane divided highway with controlled access is complete.
Plans call for the highway to be designated as Interstate 555, but doing so isn't within the agency's four-year plan.
If the highway department were to convert the highway to an interstate, farm vehicles would not be able to use the highway. A segment between Marked Tree and Payneway needs a service road.
The service road would cost about $25 million, of which the highway department has about $3 million. The agency is considering whether to apply the funds to design or to build part of the road.
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