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Proposal could help 400 miles of Ark. interstates

State highway officials say a $575 million bond proposal could mean improvements to more than 400 miles of interstates in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State highway officials say a $575 million bond proposal could mean improvements to more than 400 miles of interstates in Arkansas.

The State Highway and Transportation Department on Monday released an estimate of roadways that could be improved upon if the measure passes. Early voting begins Tuesday on the proposal ahead of a Nov. 8 special election.

The $575 million bond issue is part of a scaled-back part of a plan lawmakers approved this year to tackle billions of dollars in unfunded highway needs across Arkansas.

A recent University of Arkansas poll showed strong support for the proposal. Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said they supported the proposal, while only 28 percent opposed it.

 

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