SPRINGDALE, AR (AP) Rep. John Boozman said he expects Congress to pass a new highway bill after the fall elections, and that projects close to construction will likely receive preference.
In Arkansas, he said, it likely means that Interstate 49 through the western part of the state will receive a higher priority than I-69 through southeastern Arkansas.
I-49 is past most of its planning stage. I-69 is still being thought out.
The proposed I-49 would connect Kansas City, MO, with Lafayette, LA. I-69 would cut across the southeastern corner of the state between Dumas and Magnolia.