Two southern highway projects receive federal funds

| 8/12/2003

The federal government will give Arkansas $1 million to build the Hot Springs Expressway and another $1 million for the new Greenville Bridge, The Log Cabin Democrat reported recently.

The current bridge carries U.S. 82 over the Mississippi River between Lake Village, AR, in the far southeastern part of the state, and Greenville, MS. The Hot Springs Expressway would connect U.S. Highway 270 to Highway 412.

The money for construction of the expressway came from a Federal Highway Administration Border and Corridor grant.

“The Hot Springs Expressway is critical to meeting the transportation needs of a rapidly growing city,” Rep. Mike Ross, D-AR, said in a statement. “If anyone has driven on Central Ave at 5:30 in the afternoon, they understand the need for this extra driving room.” 

The old Greenville Bridge, formally named the Benjamin G. Humphreys bridge in honor of a former Mississippi congressman, was one of the longest spans anywhere on the river when it was finished and dedicated in 1940, according to the Greenville Bridge Web site. The new bridge, which is scheduled for completion in 2006, will be the longest cable-stayed span on the Mississippi River when it is completed.