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story.lead_photo.caption Officials pose with sign designating home of "Future Interstate 57" on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. - Photo by Emma Pettit

State officials and two Arkansas congressmen gathered at Harding University on Friday to recognize a corridor of U.S. 67 as "Future Interstate 57."

The corridor, which stretches 120 miles between North Little Rock and Walnut Ridge, already meets interstate standards, said Scott Bennett, who directs the state Department of Transportation.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, with the help of other members of Arkansas' delegation, had previously designated the stretch as "Future Interstate 57" as part of an act in Congress.

Designating the highway as a future piece of Interstate 57, which stretches from Chicago to Missouri, will encourage economic development in northeast Arkansas, state highway officials say.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • AuntPetunia
    February 23, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

    At first I thought they were going to build a new freeway. Sounds like all they are going to do is rename State Hwy 67, Interstate 57. Thanks a heap.

  • hah406
    February 23, 2018 at 3:05 p.m.

    If only you would get the money and build that section from Walnut Ridge to Poplar Bluff! Kinda like that I-49 section in NWA from Bentonville to south of Joplin. Or that other part from Fort Smith to Texarkana.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 23, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

    Don't hold your breath for the AR.Dot bunch to do anything...the current Arkansas roads are as bad as they have ever been... with all the ran and the ruts in the roads make it almost impossible to drive on the road, the shoulders are better.

  • hduncan
    February 23, 2018 at 7:58 p.m.

    I was told that the original Interstate plans included a Little Rock-St. Louis route but was killed by a Senator from Tennessee who wanted to protect Tenneseee's interests. Does anyone know if this is true?