The "Connecting Arkansas Program" consists of 31 highway projects. The majority of the projects include widening and improvements to highways all across the state.
However, the first project is a new Bella Vista Bypass. Workers will construct two lanes of an eventual 19-mile four-lane interstate.
Mike Malone says, "There's all kinds of traffic congestion around Bella Vista corridor being built."
The program is funded with a 10-year half-cent sales tax and is one of the largest highway programs ever created in Arkansas.