Arkansas Highway Commission Schedules Series of Regional Public Meetings to Educate Public on Funding Opti

LITTLE ROCK (1-6) – The Arkansas Highway Commission has scheduled a series of regional public meetings in the first quarter of 2020. 

The purpose of these meetings is to educate and inform the public while soliciting input regarding proposed projects that could be funded by a continuation of the temporary half-cent sales tax. A total of 12 meetings have been scheduled, the earliest of which will be held  at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Monticello at the the University of Arkansas at Monticello Fine Arts Center. 

Other meetings are planned in West Memphis, Harrison, Texarkana, Mena, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Maumelle, Springdale, Batesville, Jonesboro and El Dorado.

These meetings will consist of an open house session where attendees can view displays and visit with Arkansas Department of Transportation staff. This will be followed by a brief formal presentation on the current funding and condition of the Arkansas Highway System as well as the impact that continuation of the half-cent sales tax would have in funding system preservation and new capital projects moving forward.

In early 2019, Governor Hutchinson announced his highway funding legislative package that resulted in Act 416 and a proposed Constitutional Amendment, House Joint Resolution 1018. Act 416 provides revenue from motor fuel taxes, electric and hybrid vehicle registration fees, and casinos resulting in an estimated $95 Million in new funding to ARDOT. If the constitutional amendment is approved by voters, it will provide an additional estimated $205 Million annually to ARDOT and an estimated $43 million each to cities and counties.

Citizens with an interest in learning more about the Governor’s proposed highway program are encouraged to attend one of these 12 regional public meetings. Each of the meetings will be identical in format and presentation material. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the Commission and ARDOT Director Scott E. Bennett, P.E.

1. MONTICELLO

Tuesday, January 21st, 5:30 P.M.

UAM Fine Arts Center

371 University Drive

Monticello, AR 71655

2. WEST MEMPHIS

Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30 P.M.

The Academies of West Memphis – Performing Arts Center

501 W. Broadway

West Memphis, AR 72301

3. HARRISON

Tuesday, January 28th, 5:30 P.M.

Harrison High School – Performing Arts Center

925 Goblin Drive

Harrison, AR 72601

4. TEXARKANA

Thursday, January 30th, 5:30 P.M.

Trinity Baptist Church

3115 Trinity Boulevard

Texarkana, AR 71854

5. MENA

Tuesday, February 11th, 5:30 P.M.

U of A Rich Mountain – Ouachita Center

1100 College Drive

Mena, AR 71953

6. FORT SMITH

Thursday, February 13th, 5:30 P.M.

The Blue Lion

101 N. 2nd Street

Fort Smith, AR 72901

7. HOT SPRINGS

Thursday, February 20th, 5:30 P.M.

Crossgate Church

3100 E. Grand Avenue

Hot Springs, AR 71901

8. MAUMELLE

Monday, March 9th, 5:30 P.M.

Jess Odom Community Center - Gymnasium

1100 Edgewood Drive

Maumelle, AR 72113

9. SPRINGDALE

Tuesday, March 10th, 5:30 P.M.

The Jones Center

922 E. Emma Avenue

Springdale, AR 72764

10. BATESVILLE

Thursday, March 12th, 5:30 P.M.

UACCB – Independence Hall

2005 White Drive

Batesville, AR 72501

11. JONESBORO

Tuesday, March 31st, 5:30 P.M.

ASU – 1st National Bank Arena - Auditorium

217 Olympic Drive

Jonesboro, AR 72401

12. EL DORADO

Thursday, April 2nd, 5:30 P.M.

El Dorado Municipal Auditorium

100 W. 8th Street

El Dorado, AR 71730

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