Toll road bill passes in Arkansas

| Wednesday, February 26, 2003

A bill that will allow Arkansas to more easily build toll roads has passed the House and is on the way to the governor, and to becoming law.

SB218, sponsored by Sen. Dave Bisbee, R-Rogers, is designed to clarify the powers of the state highway commission to construct turnpikes and toll roads, allowing the board to act as the state’s toll authority and to issue revenue bonds to finance those roads.

The House of Representatives voted 88-8 in favor of the bill Feb. 24. The Senate had already voted in favor of the bill Feb. 17.

Although the bill does not specify which toll roads would get built, The Arkansas News Bureau reported that the first was likely to be a bypass around Bella Vista.

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