only thing now standing between Arkansas and building more toll
roads is Gov. Mike Huckabee’s signature.
sponsored by Sen. Dave Bisbee, R-Rogers, will allow Arkansas to
more easily build toll roads. The measure has passed both houses
of the state’s Legislature and is on the way to the governor’s desk
latest version of the bill received final approval by the Senate
by a vote of 34-0 Feb. 27.
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 bill does not specify which toll roads would get built, local
media sources have reported the first was likely to be a bypass
around Bella Vista that would connect with a similar road in Missouri.