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Public meetings set for possible new Interstate 40/55 corridor

Regardless of where the proposed corridors intersect I-40 in Arkansas, the new road would give truckers the opportunity to bypass the Memphis, Tenn., bottleneck.

The Trucker News Services

2/24/2012

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) are conducting joint “open house” public meetings to invite comments on five proposed enhanced highway corridors connecting Interstate 55 in Batesville, Miss., and Interstate 40 in either Brinkley or Forrest City, Ark.

Batesville is located 42 miles south of the Tennessee-Mississippi border.

Brinkley is located 68 miles east of the Arkansas-Tennessee border and Forrest City is located 43 miles east of the Arkansas-Tennessee border.

Regardless of where the proposed corridors intersect I-40 in Arkansas, the new road would give truckers the opportunity to bypass the Memphis, Tenn., bottleneck.

“These meetings give us an opportunity to connect with local communities and give them an opportunity to voice their opinion on projects in their area,” said Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. "We want citizens to know that their opinions truly matter, and factor in to the decision-making process."

The meets are as follows:

• Clarksdale, Miss., Monday, March 5, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Greyhound Bus Station, 300 Issaquena Street.

• Batesville, Miss., Tuesday, March 6, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., MDOT District II Office, 150 Highway 51 North.

• Helena/West Helena, Ark., Wednesday, March 7, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Phillips County Chamber of Commerce, 111 Hickory Hill Drive.

Forrest City, Ark., Thursday, March 8, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Forrest City Civic Center, 1334 North Washington.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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