Highway Department to widen U.S. 62 from Berryville eastward to Highway 103

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CARROLL COUNTY -- State officials are in the early planning stages of a project to widen Highway 62 to five lanes east of Berryville.

The work would affect a 4.3-mile stretch of highway, ending just west of Green Forest, according to officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

Lynn Malbrough, chief of the Department's Environmental Division, said work would likely begin in 2015. Before that can happen, he said, the department must assess the potential human and environmental impact of the plan.

Local residents will get the chance to weigh in on that question at a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Mar. 7 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, in Berryville.

Malbrough said the meeting would be informal, and residents could drop in at any time to speak directly with department staff. Informational packets and comment cards would also be available, he said, and state officials would consider community feedback as work moves forward.

The project will cost an estimated $15 million, according to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan. The federal government will pay 80 percent of the cost, and Arkansas will pay the remaining $3 million.

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