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Title: US-67 Extension
Post by: shoptb1 on July 11, 2010, 10:19:23 PM
Just returned from a trip home to see the folks in Arkansas, and it looks as though AHTD has extended US-67 about 10 miles further past Newport up to AR-226.  (I think this is probably old news...but the first time I've seen it..hehe) This is a big leap as it brings traffic even closer to Jonesboro and Walnut Ridge.  Work has begun on the next portion, which I'm guessing would bring the freeway all the way up to Walnut Ridge.  Interestingly enough, when driving on the current alignment of US-67 south from Walnut Ridge to AR-226, there's an interesting naming method for US-67 (as shown here):

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_vV2-Fg-7T40/TDdUXB5GIHI/AAAAAAAAB4g/lTvrjeK4oAk/s800/US67_AR226.jpg)

Question though...is there any freeway segment planned to connect US-67 to the I-69 freeway corridor over near Dyersburg, TN?  Maybe I'm the only one here, but the route that I take from Columbus, OH down to central Arkansas is as follows:

I-71S to Louisville, KY
I-65S to Elizabethtown, KY
Western KY Parkway W to I-24W
I-24W to Purchase Parkway S
Purchase Parkway S to Fulton, KY
US-51S/US-412W to Dyersburg, TN
I-155W to END I-155W/US-412W in Hayti, MO
US-412W to US-67S in Walnut Ridge, AR
US-67S to new alignment of US-67 near Cash, AR
US-67S to US-64W in Beebe, AR
US-64W to I-40W in Conway, AR
I-40 to Russellville, AR

There are three big gaps in freeway/divided highway here (shown in red above): US-412W from Kennett, MO to Walnut Ridge, AR; US-67S from Walnut Ridge, AR to Cash, AR; US-64 from Beebe, AR to I-40 in Conway, AR.  

I know the US-64 deal would probably never happen although it does cut about 30 mins off having to go all the way to Little Rock and back up.  However, a freeway connection from US-67 to I-155 and eventually I-69 would seem like a great thing...maybe even via Jonesboro/US-63?  Thoughts?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Revive 755 on July 11, 2010, 10:38:59 PM
I think the US 412 and US 67 sections marked in red above will be seeing at least four lanes sometime in the future.  US 67 seems likely to become a freeway to near the Missouri border, but I haven't heard or really see any freeway upgrades for US 412 right now, except maybe a couple bypass sections.

The interchange on US 67's bypass of Walnut Ridge, AR though looks like it could handle a freeway tie in if something develops for the US 412 corridor (though I thought I read somewhere around here that US 67 freeway would tie into the northern half of the interchange):

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=36.067868,-90.931692&spn=0.013113,0.041199&t=k&z=16 (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=36.067868,-90.931692&spn=0.013113,0.041199&t=k&z=16)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: huskeroadgeek on July 12, 2010, 06:57:37 PM
I'm amazed at how slow the progress on the US 67 freeway has been. The first time I was ever on the road in 1992, it ended at AR 14. It eventually over the next few years made it to AR 384 and a 2003 Arkansas map I have has it ending at AR 18. It took them over 10 years just to get a bypass of Newport. Now it looks like they are finally getting somewhere with it.

Also, though I don't know whether they have any plans to do so, I think making US 64 4 lanes between Beebe and Conway would be very helpful. When I lived in Searcy, I used to travel it a lot, and it was usually pretty busy with a lot of truck traffic.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on July 12, 2010, 10:42:07 PM
Just returned from a trip home to see the folks in Arkansas, and it looks as though AHTD has extended US-67 about 10 miles further past Newport up to AR-226.

The Newport-226 section was opened last October. Construction is underway to 412, but no money is available for anything north of that.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on July 14, 2010, 10:47:20 AM
I find it interesting that the NB control city for US 67 along the freeway portions is St. Louis, even though the road is two lanes for much of the route to St. Louis.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: shoptb1 on July 14, 2010, 10:57:29 AM
I find it interesting that the NB control city for US 67 along the freeway portions is St. Louis, even though the road is two lanes for much of the route to St. Louis.

Exactly.  It shows that the long-term intention would be a freeway corridor from Little Rock to St Louis, although Arkansas doesn't seem very committed to make that happen any time soon.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on July 14, 2010, 12:20:47 PM
I find it interesting that the NB control city for US 67 along the freeway portions is St. Louis, even though the road is two lanes for much of the route to St. Louis.

Exactly.  It shows that the long-term intention would be a freeway corridor from Little Rock to St Louis, although Arkansas doesn't seem very committed to make that happen any time soon.


No money
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: shoptb1 on July 14, 2010, 12:27:10 PM
No money

I hold the population of Arkansas responsible for this; they continue to vote down the ability for AHTD to renew/float bonds in order to debt finance new construction/maintenance operations.  The "pay as you go" mentality is only useful in keeping Arkansas 30 years behind the current transportation needs.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: froggie on July 14, 2010, 12:49:28 PM
The catch with bonds, though, as PennDOT found out 30 years ago and NJDOT is finding out now, is how are you gonna pay for them?

There are cases where using bonds may be justifiable or the preferred method.  But in a general sense, using bonds (especially EXCESSIVE use of bonds) just kicks the can to the next generation...
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: shoptb1 on July 14, 2010, 02:52:35 PM
The catch with bonds, though, as PennDOT found out 30 years ago and NJDOT is finding out now, is how are you gonna pay for them?

There are cases where using bonds may be justifiable or the preferred method.  But in a general sense, using bonds (especially EXCESSIVE use of bonds) just kicks the can to the next generation...


I'm not advocating bond financing beyond reasonable levels, but the idea that any large governmental project can be ran on cash is not very realistic.  The major maintenance projects to repave Arkansas' interstate system during the last 10 years were a good example of a well-run, well-executed, and much-needed investment.  If Arkansas ever wants to be able to win any of the big manufacturing bids that they keep making, they're going to need to be able to prove that goods can be transported from one place to another.  In short, you have to make an initial investment in order to make profits later.  
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: bugo on July 14, 2010, 07:30:54 PM
Has there been any discussion about making parts of Future I-30 into a toll road?  If there is no money for the road, that might be the best option to get the road built.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: cbalducc on January 06, 2012, 01:32:27 PM
How many years has the four-laning project for US 67 lasted?  Wasn't much of the road four-laned in the 1970s?  God bless.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: bugo on January 07, 2012, 12:32:27 AM
How many years has the four-laning project for US 67 lasted?  Wasn't much of the road four-laned in the 1970s?  God bless.

It went to about Cabot in the 1970s.  It was extended in the 80s, 90s, and 10s to where it ends now.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 07, 2012, 09:33:17 AM
How many years has the four-laning project for US 67 lasted?  Wasn't much of the road four-laned in the 1970s?  God bless.

It went to about Cabot in the 1970s.  It was extended in the 80s, 90s, and 10s to where it ends now.
How many years has the four-laning project for US 67 lasted?  Wasn't much of the road four-laned in the 1970s?  God bless.

It went to about Cabot in the 1970s.  It was extended in the 80s, 90s, and 10s to where it ends now.

The section north of Newport took a long time to build.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: qguy on January 07, 2012, 02:09:12 PM
I was a young lieutenant (any veteran will say, "Is there any other kind?") at Little Rock AFB in the late 80s. One of my responsibilities was commanding one of the base honor guard details. This meant traveling the region by van. Not having US 67 as a freeway past Beebe (or so--memory fails) made travel a lot slower than it could've been.

Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 07, 2012, 04:18:26 PM

Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?

A quick search turns up nothing except "pending funding"

I have a vague, hazy memory of the 4-Lane ending at Searcy at some point in the past.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: bugo on January 08, 2012, 01:20:19 AM
I remember when the freeway ended in south Newport and one had to take AR 14 and 17 to get back to the original US 67.  I also remember it ending at AR 18 at an at-grade intersection and a traffic light.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: qguy on January 08, 2012, 07:23:16 AM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?

Am I mistaken in thinking that this section (between AR 226 to US 412) is currently under construction?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 08, 2012, 09:15:10 AM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?

Am I mistaken in thinking that this section (between AR 226 to US 412) is currently under construction?

I couldn't find anything, but Google Maps seems to show it u/c to AR 230 east of Alicia with what appears to be an interchange at CR 192.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on January 08, 2012, 11:50:34 AM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?
Am I mistaken in thinking that this section (between AR 226 to US 412) is currently under construction?
I couldn't find anything, but Google Maps seems to show it u/c to AR 230 east of Alicia with what appears to be an interchange at CR 192.
Bing's view looks to be a little more recent than Google's.  It appears to show some type of work all the way from AR 226 to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange.  From AR 226 northward to a creek just north of "Lawrence 706 Rd.", it looks like significant grading work is ongoing, with an interchange at AR 230 and some type of structure work over the creek.  From the creek northward to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange, it looks like the early stages of clearing and grubbing work.  It looks like it is open to traffic from US 63 to US 412.

Here is view at Bing around AR 226:
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=35.80566669438677~-91.01529121398926&lvl=14&dir=0&sty=h&where1=Walnut%20Ridge%2C%20AR&form=LMLTCC

Here is view at Bing around Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange:
http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=36.02556987580721~-90.96250534057617&lvl=14&dir=0&sty=h&where1=Walnut%20Ridge%2C%20AR&form=LMLTCC
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: mgk920 on January 08, 2012, 12:08:09 PM
I can easily see US 67 NE of Little Rock, AR becoming a southwestward extension of I-57 when that entire highway is completed.  Although this is starting to devolve into a 'fantasy' musing, it would bring forth a dilemma with I-30 at Little Rock that is similar to that with I-29 vs. I-49 in Kansas City.

Mike
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 08, 2012, 12:17:21 PM

Bing's view looks to be a little more recent than Google's.  It appears to show some type of work all the way from AR 226 to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange.  From AR 226 northward to a creek just north of "Lawrence 706 Rd.", it looks like significant grading work is ongoing, with an interchange at AR 230 and some type of structure work over the creek.  From the creek northward to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange, it looks like the early stages of clearing and grubbing work.  It looks like it is open to traffic from US 63 to US 412.

The section at Hoxie/Walnut Ridge has been open since around 2003/2004.  There's a "reverse duplex"  for 67/63 as well as Business 67/Business 63
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3317/3308403492_f120b7fa14_z_d.jpg?zz=1)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Gordon on January 08, 2012, 01:30:16 PM
The ARRA site on Arkansas Highway Department shows a job from Hwy 63 T0 Hwy 230 south of Walnut Ridge of grading and structures.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on January 08, 2012, 02:23:21 PM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?
The ARRA site on Arkansas Highway Department shows a job from Hwy 63 T0 Hwy 230 south of Walnut Ridge of grading and structures.
The ARRA site shows an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012 for the grading and structures contract (page 8/9 of pdf):
http://www.arkansashighways.com/ARRA/update_100611/ARRA%20List%20AHTD%20WEB2.pdf
The 2010-13 STIP does not show a paving contract for 2013 (page 26/138 of pdf -  http://www.arkansashighways.com/stip/Final%20STIP%202010-2013%20%20Web%20Version.pdf) but maybe with a little bit of luck paving could begin in late 2013 and completion be accomplished by end of 2015.  Probably waaaaay too optimistic ...
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Alps on January 09, 2012, 08:21:33 PM
I can easily see US 67 NE of Little Rock, AR becoming a southwestward extension of I-57 when that entire highway is completed.  Although this is starting to devolve into a 'fantasy' musing, it would bring forth a dilemma with I-30 at Little Rock that is similar to that with I-29 vs. I-49 in Kansas City.

Mike
I've heard of it being an I-30 extension, so more likely your dilemma would be at the I-55 junction.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: mgk920 on January 09, 2012, 10:38:10 PM
I can easily see US 67 NE of Little Rock, AR becoming a southwestward extension of I-57 when that entire highway is completed.  Although this is starting to devolve into a 'fantasy' musing, it would bring forth a dilemma with I-30 at Little Rock that is similar to that with I-29 vs. I-49 in Kansas City.

Mike
I've heard of it being an I-30 extension, so more likely your dilemma would be at the I-55 junction.

OTOH, there would be a short offset at I-40 in North Little Rock with 'I-57' instead of the direct feed at I-55 with 'I-30'.

Mike
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on January 10, 2012, 07:45:09 AM
I would rather it be an I-57 extension than an I-30 extension. Save I-30 for an eastward extension towards Memphis, Chattanooga, and/or Atlanta or Asheville (yeah, I know I'm going into fictional highways here). I just don't like I-30 continuing along US 67 northeast of LR).
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: NE2 on January 10, 2012, 08:00:07 AM
Save I-30 for an eastward extension towards Memphis
That's called I-40.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on January 10, 2012, 08:10:56 AM
Save I-30 for an eastward extension towards Memphis
That's called I-40.

And that's called taking something out of context.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on January 10, 2012, 03:32:27 PM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?
is there any freeway segment planned to connect US-67 to the I-69 freeway corridor over near Dyersburg, TN? .... a freeway connection from US-67 to I-155 and eventually I-69 would seem like a great thing
I can easily see US 67 NE of Little Rock, AR becoming a southwestward extension of I-57 when that entire highway is completed.  Although this is starting to devolve into a 'fantasy' musing, it would bring forth a dilemma with I-30 at Little Rock that is similar to that with I-29 vs. I-49 in Kansas City.
Mike
I've heard of it being an I-30 extension, so more likely your dilemma would be at the I-55 junction.
OTOH, there would be a short offset at I-40 in North Little Rock with 'I-57' instead of the direct feed at I-55 with 'I-30'.
Mike
I had a recent email Q & A with AHTD regarding an estimated date when the AR 226 to Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange segment might be open to traffic and AHTD's long term plans for the corridor:

Q: I noticed on the ARRA link on the AHTD website that the grading and structures contract for US 67 from AR 226 to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange has an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  With that date in mind, does AHTD have a projected letting date for a paving and signing contract, etc., and related to that, an estimated date as to when it might be open to traffic?

A:  Once the District can give a pretty fixed date of completion (that would have to be like summer) then we can schedule the paving project. Depending on the time of year it can be let will determine the length of time, but it will likely take two construction season – a pure guess would be by the end of 2015.

Q: Once US 67 is completed to Walnut Ridge, do AHTD and MoDOT have any looooong-term plans for a freeway upgrade to:
- either US 67 up to Poplar Bluff, MO and then along US 60 to connect to I-57 in Sikeston, MO?
- or along US 412 eastward from Walnut Ridge to connect to I-55 and I-155 at Hayti, MO?

A: AHTD is working on plans to extend the widening of 67 through Corning and to the state line. A final route had not been determined at this time.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 10, 2012, 09:12:54 PM
I would rather it be an I-57 extension than an I-30 extension. Save I-30 for an eastward extension towards Memphis, Chattanooga, and/or Atlanta or Asheville (yeah, I know I'm going into fictional highways here). I just don't like I-30 continuing along US 67 northeast of LR).

Someone posted a link once to the original Arkansas Interstate proposal, which showed I-30 continuing east from Little Rock along what's now I-40.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: cbalducc on January 17, 2012, 03:10:47 PM
Why does Highway 67 swing north to Pocahontas from Hoxie, AR instead of following the railroad northeast?  God bless.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on January 17, 2012, 03:17:21 PM
Why does Highway 67 swing north to Pocahontas from Hoxie, AR instead of following the railroad northeast?  God bless.

My guess is AHD (now AHTD) decided it a was a large enough community to justify a US Route (62 didn't exist until 1930).
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on January 17, 2012, 03:22:59 PM
^ Curiously enough, the existing US 67 between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas is four lanes undivided.

I wonder if the freeway will come close to Pocahontas or will it continue northeast?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: NE2 on January 17, 2012, 03:35:27 PM
You should see the loop west through Lauratown that existed in 1916: http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1916A.tif
It was straightened out into more of a sawtooth by 1924: http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1924B.tif
but remained until 1930: http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/archived_tourist_maps.aspx
Also note the silly US 67E/W split at Searcy.

More relevantly, in 1916 the main road continued north from Pocahontas on current Highway 115. Presumably Missouri had some influence in getting the federal aid route to jog east to Corning (in other words, following what was then Route 23 rather than 21 north of the state line).
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: dariusb on February 17, 2012, 03:13:00 AM
If and or when US 67 is upgraded to a freeway all the way to St Louis will it be an extension of I-30?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: bugo on February 17, 2012, 03:14:26 AM
If and or when US 67 is upgraded to a freeway all the way to St Louis will it be an extension of I-30?

AHTD refers to the route as Future I-30.  I don't know what MoDOT calls it.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: NE2 on February 17, 2012, 03:26:12 AM
They call it US 67, because they don't see the need to eliminate all the minor intersections.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: dariusb on February 17, 2012, 03:50:00 AM
If and or when US 67 is upgraded to a freeway all the way to St Louis will it be an extension of I-30?

AHTD refers to the route as Future I-30.  I don't know what MoDOT calls it.
Ok thanks.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on April 21, 2012, 04:31:08 PM
I had a recent email Q & A with AHTD regarding an estimated date when the AR 226 to Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange segment might be open to traffic and AHTD's long term plans for the corridor:
Q: I noticed on the ARRA link on the AHTD website that the grading and structures contract for US 67 from AR 226 to the Walnut Ridge US 63 interchange has an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  With that date in mind, does AHTD have a projected letting date for a paving and signing contract, etc., and related to that, an estimated date as to when it might be open to traffic?
A:  Once the District can give a pretty fixed date of completion (that would have to be like summer) then we can schedule the paving project. Depending on the time of year it can be let will determine the length of time, but it will likely take two construction season – a pure guess would be by the end of 2015.

On March 20, FHWA approved AHTD's amendment to its 2010-13 STIP (http://www.arkansashighways.com/stip/Hwy.%2067%20Base%20&%20Surfacing.pdf) to allow for two base and surfacing contracts from Highway 226 to Highway 230 and from Highway 230 to US 63 (http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=35.917803160272975~-90.94963073730469&lvl=11&dir=0&sty=h&where1=Walnut%20Ridge%2C%20AR&form=LMLTCC) in FY 2012.  Total estimated cost for the two projects is $56 million.  It may be possible to drive on this new section of the extension in 2015, indeed.  :clap:

EDIT

AHTD is moving quickly after receiving the approval.  The Highway 226 to Highway 230 section is scheduled for the May 2 letting (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/General/JOBS_include.aspx):

Quote
THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO CONSTRUCT THE PAVEMENT FOR 10.201KM (6.339 MILES) OF HWY. 67 IN CRAIGHEAD AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES.  THIS PROJECT CONSISTS OF AGGREGATE BASE COURSE, PCC PAVEMENT, ACHM SURFACE COURSE, RUMBLE STRIPS, EROSION CONTROL ITEMS, PAVEMENT MARKINGS AND MISC. ITEMS.
ROUTES:     67
SECTIONS:   15 & 16
COUNTY:     CRAIGHEAD & LAWRENCE
LENGTH:     10.201000 KM
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on May 07, 2012, 11:20:21 AM
The Highway 226 to Highway 230 section is scheduled for the May 2 letting (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/General/JOBS_include.aspx)

AHTD awarded a contract for this project on May 4 (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/letting/May%20'12%20Award%20List.pdf) for a little over $12.2 million (page 5/8 of pdf).
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Revive 755 on May 07, 2012, 06:48:24 PM
They call it US 67, because they don't see the need to eliminate all the minor intersections.

More like MoDOT did not have the necessary funding to remove the minor intersections, see page 2/2 of
http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf (http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on May 07, 2012, 09:29:07 PM
I can easily see US 67 NE of Little Rock, AR becoming a southwestward extension of I-57 when that entire highway is completed.  Although this is starting to devolve into a 'fantasy' musing, it would bring forth a dilemma with I-30 at Little Rock that is similar to that with I-29 vs. I-49 in Kansas City.
Mike
I've heard of it being an I-30 extension, so more likely your dilemma would be at the I-55 junction.
They call it US 67, because they don't see the need to eliminate all the minor intersections.
More like MoDOT did not have the necessary funding to remove the minor intersections, see page 2/2 of
http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf (http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf)

This MoDOT map (http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/MapofPhases.pdf) shows that the US 67 project mentioned in Revive 755's post is completely north of Poplar Bluff.  I'm assuming an I-57 connection would basically proceed along the US 60 corridor from Poplar Bluff to Sikeston, and would not include US 67 north of Poplar Bluff.

Interestingly, MoDOT's Butler County Route 67 Project (http://modot.mo.gov/southeast/documents/FINAL_APRIL2.pdf) will be a four-lane Route 67 shifted to the east of the existing alignment with limited access  from the existing four-lane south of Poplar Bluff to a mile south of the Route 160/158 intersection (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Poplar+Bluff,+MO&hl=en&ll=36.726778,-90.420227&spn=0.397348,0.617294&sll=36.927665,-89.852028&sspn=0.198153,0.308647&oq=popl&t=h&hnear=Poplar+Bluff,+Butler,+Missouri&z=11).  This seems to be in sync with AHTD's new terrain US 67 east of current US 67.  Maybe MoDOT's long-term plans do call for a new terrain freeway US 67 from the MO/AR state line to Poplar Bluff.

Also, just glancing at the map, it looks like US 60 from Poplar Bluff to Sikeston already has several interchanges, but would need to upgrade some existing intersections to achieve freeway (interstate?) status.  At first glance, it seems to involve fewer intersection upgrades than the current US 71-to-Interstate 49 upgrade.

Maybe Missouri IS still on board to create an I-30/ I-57 controversy.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on May 09, 2012, 09:37:25 AM
Interestingly, MoDOT's Butler County Route 67 Project (http://modot.mo.gov/southeast/documents/FINAL_APRIL2.pdf) will be a four-lane Route 67 shifted to the east of the existing alignment with limited access  from the existing four-lane south of Poplar Bluff to a mile south of the Route 160/158 intersection (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Poplar+Bluff,+MO&hl=en&ll=36.726778,-90.420227&spn=0.397348,0.617294&sll=36.927665,-89.852028&sspn=0.198153,0.308647&oq=popl&t=h&hnear=Poplar+Bluff,+Butler,+Missouri&z=11).  This seems to be in sync with AHTD's new terrain US 67 east of current US 67.  Maybe MoDOT's long-term plans do call for a new terrain freeway US 67 from the MO/AR state line to Poplar Bluff.

Unfortunately that project looks to include some at-grade intersections on the north end.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on May 11, 2012, 08:06:03 AM
Anyone know when the section under construction from AR 226 to US 412 is projected to be finished?

This article (http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/210471/119/THV-Extra-Ark-transportation-projects) indicates that Arkansas plans to finish the project all the way to the Missouri state line in "four to six years":

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And when it comes to roads .... And diagonally across the state along Highway 67. The goal is to extend the renovations to the Missouri line. The department is hoping to complete construction in the next four to six years

Seems way too optimistic to me.

More like MoDOT did not have the necessary funding to remove the minor intersections, see page 2/2 of
http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf (http://www.modot.org/southeast/projects/corridors/documents/67handout.pdf)
Unfortunately that project looks to include some at-grade intersections on the north end.

As AHTD puts it, Missouri has had to back off of its commitments because of money problems:

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but now a re-assessment for a direct connection to St. Louis.
"Missouri has had to back off their commitments somewhat," Ort says.
The issue as with all road projects: money.

It seems like Arkansas and Missouri are in reverse positions in terms of completing state line projects when comparing this project to the I-49/ Bella Vista Bypass.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on May 21, 2012, 09:50:35 PM
If and or when US 67 is upgraded to a freeway all the way to St Louis will it be an extension of I-30?
AHTD refers to the route as Future I-30.  I don't know what MoDOT calls it.

I recently came across this January 27, 2012 article (http://dar.rustcom.net/story/1809428.html) in which Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is reported to favor an Interstate 30 designation for the US 67 extension, but that he is also open to a "divided four lane" design that could later be converted to interstate grade:

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The governor wants to see Highway 67 designated as Interstate 30, but is open to building a "divided four-lane" that could be expanded to interstate standards in the future ... Beebe also said he would support designating Highway 67 as a high priority corridor.

AHTD Director Scott Bennett was reported to have stressed the need for a feasibility study on the US 67 extension options from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line:

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Several options are being studied on the route Highway 67 will take from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line. It is not known when an option will be selected. The Missouri Department of Transportation is awaiting a decision by Arkansas officials before extending the four lanes to the state line .... He stated the need to move forward with a preliminary feasibility study on all the Highway 67 options north of Walnut Ridge ... Bennett does not think the existing five-lane section between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas could be converted to meet interstate standards.

Also, the US 67 extension and one other Arkansas highway corridor are top priorities for Gov. Beebe:

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"Highway 67 in northeast Arkansas and Route 82 across southern Arkansas remain top priorities for Gov. Beebe,"
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on May 22, 2012, 06:53:19 AM
Also, the US 67 extension and one other Arkansas highway corridor are top priorities for Gov. Beebe:

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"Highway 67 in northeast Arkansas and Route 82 across southern Arkansas remain top priorities for Gov. Beebe,"

What about I-49 and I-540 through NW Arkansas? Or I-40 through Arkansas? Yes, US 67 is important but I am not so sure about US 82, and both of those IMO are certainly not as important as other projects in the state. Misplaced priorities.

Plus if they do build US 67 as a four-lane that isn't controlled access then it will take AHTD forever to convert it to interstate grade. They may as well build it out as an interstate grade facility now.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: wtd67 on May 22, 2012, 10:26:04 AM
Article on ABC station Kait 8 in Jonesboro about US 67

http://www.kait8.com/story/18574000/construction-surges-ahead-on-hwy-67-hwy-226 (http://www.kait8.com/story/18574000/construction-surges-ahead-on-hwy-67-hwy-226)

Construction surges ahead on Hwy 67, Hwy 226

Posted: May 21, 2012 1:18 PM CDT Updated: May 22, 2012 5:31 AM CDT
Posted by Keith Boles, Video Journalist - email

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Mild winters and hot dry Springs and Summers are not great for farmers; but for road construction it's quite the opposite.

From the 63 overpass at Hoxie you can see the construction on 67 North, coming closer every day.

Brad Smithee the AHTD District 10 Construction Engineer and myself drove around the dirt work at the end of the pavement by Hoxie. Massive scoops dragged by huge John Deere and Challenger tractors were being used to dig sand out of a nearby pit and dump it on the new roadbed.

Smithee says this portion was the last part before the hook up at the overpass is complete.

"The project we're on today is between Highway 20 and 63 at Hoxie." Smithee said. "This project is approximately 10 miles long and we are approaching the end of the earthwork portion of this project."

Currently 67 is paved about a mile past the 226 overpass at Cash. Just recently a bid has been let to begin the paving between 226 and Highway 20.

Highway 226 is being expanded to a 4-lane to eventually tie with 49 by Gibson Switch. Crews from Dumey Construction had tractors with scoops working today to clear a barrow pit and begin the preliminary earthwork where the overpass will go over the tracks and the existing county highway.

Smithee said it's off to a good start. "That project was let in December of last year and has begun with the good weather that we've had and I think our estimated completion date for it is late 2013."

Smithee said that normally highway construction doesn't really get going until July when the last of the deep moisture is gone.

"This time of year is fairly rare for us when it's dry and at allows us to begin and do a lot more work throughout the summer." Smithee said. "Unfortunately the lack of rain is a good thing in the construction business for projects like this."

Joe Christian will lose about 2 farm acres to the construction of 226. Originally his farm just outside Cash was slated to have the highway bisect his fields but then it was decided to put it all on the North side of the current highway.

One of Christians main concerns is getting the road done so they can move farm equipment safely up and down the road. Christian says the bridge construction is taking too long.

Christian, "They don't work Fridays, I see them gone a lot of time I felt they should be working. Nice good weather you don't see them out here. I don't know how it works but I'm disappointed."

Smithee says while that is an understandable concern, each contractor has deadlines they have to meet, so it's up to the contractor when crews work.

Smithee, "A lot of those companies will schedule to start early in the mornings and they'll work 4-10 hour days or they may work 4-12 hour days but it's absolutely up to them to schedule that."

Smithee says that even though the dirt work on 67 is close to completion, they still have to build a large overpass just outside Hoxie and get out paving contracts on the 67 projects.

Smithee, "In reality, late 2013 up into 2014 would be a realistic expectation for the paving of these projects to be complete."

Also he said, even though the paving might get done early, the road is a turn-key project so it won't open until all the bridges and other work is completed.

Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: rte66man on May 22, 2012, 11:46:15 AM

What about I-49 and I-540 through NW Arkansas? Or I-40 through Arkansas? Yes, US 67 is important but I am not so sure about US 82, and both of those IMO are certainly not as important as other projects in the state. Misplaced priorities.



One word: Politics.

rte66man
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: sr641 on May 22, 2012, 04:49:17 PM
US 67 northeats of Little Rock is future Interstate 30.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: NE2 on May 22, 2012, 04:53:47 PM
US 67 northeats of Little Rock is future Interstate 30.
It already is I-30.
(http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/kphoger/I30.png)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: kphoger on May 22, 2012, 05:10:02 PM
Wow.

This is the first time I've clicked on this thread....really no idea why I even did this time.

I'd just like to say, NE2, thank you for using my picture.   :happy:
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: ShawnP on May 22, 2012, 06:03:36 PM
Would provide a good route from Dallas to KC.

Now to build I-49.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Alps on May 22, 2012, 07:47:22 PM
US 67 northeats of Little Rock is future Interstate 30.
sr641 is future banned member
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: hobsini2 on September 17, 2012, 02:50:42 PM
US 67 northeats of Little Rock is future Interstate 30.
It already is I-30.
(http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i410/kphoger/I30.png)
I should have caught this before but I hope you are aware that sign with 52/64/84 is well north of Quad Cities.  BUT I get the point. hehe
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Road Hog on September 18, 2012, 06:23:55 AM
I know, old topic, but it's one I'm interested in.

AHTD has been building US 67-167 piecemeal since the 1960s. It got to Cabot in 1970 (I remember seeing that date etched in the back of an old shield that was still up about 10 years ago), to the south end of Searcy in the mid-70s, and by 1984 it was extended north of Bald Knob but not quite to Bradford. I haven't been on that freeway since 1999, but I think it ended at AR 14 in Newport at the time.

Gov. Beebe's hometown is Searcy, which explains his keen interest in seeing the project through (at the expense of other more-needed projects, sadly) and giving it an I-30 designation. But I think AASHTO will take the numbering matter out of his hands. Whether MoDOT builds a freeway to St. Louis or does the logical (that is, cheaper) thing and upgrades US 60 from Poplar Bluff to Sikeston, it's primarily a north-south freeway either way.

The pay-as-you-go way AHTD funds projects is silly. It's like building a house by going to Home Depot and buying two studs and a shingle at a time. If you build a house that way, eventually the exposed lumber will deteriorate. Over time you're left with tackling both building projects and degrading infrastructure at the same time, and 67-167 encapsulates all of it (witness the stretch through Jacksonville).
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on September 18, 2012, 08:41:56 AM

The pay-as-you-go way AHTD funds projects is silly. It's like building a house by going to Home Depot and buying two studs and a shingle at a time. If you build a house that way, eventually the exposed lumber will deteriorate. Over time you're left with tackling both building projects and degrading infrastructure at the same time, and 67-167 encapsulates all of it (witness the stretch through Jacksonville).

AHTD claims it's a lack of funding. A similar problem has plagued the Fayetteville US 71 Bypass. It was built as 2-Lanes with at-grade intersections (except US 62), and slowly upgraded when the road was deemed too dangerous.
First, it was flashing warning lights at all intersections. Then select intersections were upgraded to interchanges (and 4-Laned less than half a mile in either direction). It was done very piecemeal and when they finally finished upgrading everything, they decided to build the Springdale-Rogers Bypass . It was built in stages, but was built as 4-Lanes from the beginning.
The more I think about it, the more I think it's Arkansas as a whole, not just AHTD. Cities grow and governments seem to be at a loss at how to compensate, so they pave everything.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on September 18, 2012, 08:44:52 AM
I can offer one pro for doing it as "pay as you go." If you wait until you have the money to do all of the project, then you will need more money for that project due to inflation. Also, if you do a big stretch of road at once, then resurfacing and maintenance will probably have to occur around the same time, which will be a larger one-time jump in spending.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on October 30, 2012, 08:56:35 PM
On March 20, FHWA approved AHTD's amendment to its 2010-13 STIP (http://www.arkansashighways.com/stip/Hwy.%2067%20Base%20&%20Surfacing.pdf) to allow for two base and surfacing contracts from Highway 226 to Highway 230 and from Highway 230 to US 63 (http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=35.917803160272975~-90.94963073730469&lvl=11&dir=0&sty=h&where1=Walnut%20Ridge%2C%20AR&form=LMLTCC) in FY 2012.  Total estimated cost for the two projects is $56 million.  It may be possible to drive on this new section of the extension in 2015, indeed.
The Highway 226 to Highway 230 section is scheduled for the May 2 letting (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/General/JOBS_include.aspx)
AHTD awarded a contract for this project on May 4 (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/letting/May%20'12%20Award%20List.pdf) for a little over $12.2 million (page 5/8 of pdf).

AHTD is now advertising the Highway 230 to US 63 project (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/notices/100404%20NOTICE.pdf) for the November 28 letting:

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THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO CONSTRUCT THE PAVEMENT FOR 15.746 KM (9.902 MILES) OF HWY. 67 IN LAWRENCE COUNTY. THIS PROJECT CONSISTS OF AGGREGATE BASE COURSE, PCC PAVEMENT, ACHM SURFACE COURSE, RUMBLE STRIPS, EROSION CONTROL ITEMS, PAVEMENT MARKINGS AND MISC. ITEMS.

It is identified as a "fully controlled access facility" (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/LETTING%20PLANS/100404.pdf):
(http://i.imgur.com/aBm0n.jpg)

I wonder if AHTD will seek an interstate designation once the US 67 freeway is completed from I-30 to US 63?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Road Hog on November 02, 2012, 10:15:55 AM
Interesting also how all the specs are metric.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: Grzrd on December 03, 2012, 07:50:15 PM
AHTD is now advertising the Highway 230 to US 63 project (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/notices/100404%20NOTICE.pdf) for the November 28 letting

Contract for the Highway 230 to US 63 section awarded on December 3 (http://www.arkansashighways.com/ProgCon/letting/Nov%20'12%20Award%20List.pdf):

(http://i.imgur.com/wKShH.jpg) (http://imgur.com/wKShH)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: wtd67 on October 30, 2013, 04:04:47 PM
http://www.kait8.com/story/23820579/new-route-in-the-works-between-walnut-ridge-and-corning (http://www.kait8.com/story/23820579/new-route-in-the-works-between-walnut-ridge-and-corning)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - After almost three years of going back and forth with having to agree on a new hwy 67 route to the Missouri state line, a compromise has been made. The New route will use most of the existing highway 67 and create a bypass around Pocahontas on the east side, and a stretch of road that will lead to a bypass around Corning on the west side.

"We expect announcements over the next year of multiple industrial developments along this route," said Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House.

With new developments in the work comes anticipated heavy traffic.  House said taking care of it now is important before it becomes a problem in the future.

"With all those plans in mind, we're trying to get ready for that," said House. "Some companies have already made some big investments in properties along this line."

Although, it took nearly three years to come up with a compromise from all the cities along highway 67, the new proposed route is much affordable and timely than what was originally discussed.

"We're building only 37 miles instead of 57 miles, and we're building it from Pocahontas to the Missouri state line," said House.  "We're following the existing route except for minor adjustments and the bypasses around Corning and around Pocahontas."

House said there's a lot more to this new proposal than just accommodating the amount of drivers who will be traveling on the highway.

"It's for safety, environmental impact, economic development and industrial growth," said House.

There's not a lot of money for the project now, but House said a new highway bill could fund the project much sooner than anticipated If it's approved.

"There are ways at which we may be able to begin the building of this project through some influence on the bill."

House said they are waiting for approval signatures from Searcy city officials, and plan to send the proposal to Governor Beebe and the Highway Commission to approve.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: codyg1985 on October 30, 2013, 04:16:11 PM
AR 67 shield fail.

(http://kait.images.worldnow.com/images/23820579_BG2.jpg)
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on November 05, 2013, 12:53:35 PM
http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/progress-made-on-upgraded-u-s/article_cea243fc-461e-11e3-ad01-0019bb2963f4.html

Members of the Highway 67 Coalition met in Walnut Ridge, Ark., where a compromise was announced on the final location of that last 50-mile stretch needed to make a four-lane Highway 67 corridor a reality.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: usends on July 15, 2016, 11:06:29 AM
Interestingly, MoDOT's Butler County Route 67 Project (http://modot.mo.gov/southeast/documents/FINAL_APRIL2.pdf) will be a four-lane Route 67 shifted to the east of the existing alignment with limited access  from the existing four-lane south of Poplar Bluff to a mile south of the Route 160/158 intersection (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Poplar+Bluff,+MO&hl=en&ll=36.726778,-90.420227&spn=0.397348,0.617294&sll=36.927665,-89.852028&sspn=0.198153,0.308647&oq=popl&t=h&hnear=Poplar+Bluff,+Butler,+Missouri&z=11).  This seems to be in sync with AHTD's new terrain US 67 east of current US 67.  Maybe MoDOT's long-term plans do call for a new terrain freeway US 67 from the MO/AR state line to Poplar Bluff.

Anyone know when the new alignment of US 67 southwest of Poplar Bluff was completed?
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: US71 on July 15, 2016, 09:29:42 PM

Anyone know when the new alignment of US 67 southwest of Poplar Bluff was completed?
2007, I think.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: usends on July 15, 2016, 10:08:59 PM
Anyone know when the new alignment of US 67 southwest of Poplar Bluff was completed?
2007, I think.
No, I was there in 2007.  Based on what I'm seeing in Street View, I'm thinking the new 67 might not have opened until maybe 2013...?  Just looking for the correct year.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: froggie on July 15, 2016, 11:25:41 PM
If you're referring to the section near US 160, it was still under construction in early 2014.
Title: Re: US-67 Extension
Post by: usends on July 16, 2016, 11:38:38 AM
If you're referring to the section near US 160, it was still under construction in early 2014.
Yes, that's the segment.  Apparently opened March 31, 2014... thanks!
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/25102282/new-4-lane-section-of-highway-67-opens-to-traffic-monday