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