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I-69 Location Study
El Dorado - McGehee, Arkansas
Section of Independent Utility 13
General Project Description
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department (AHTD), is conducting a comprehensive environmental and engineering
study and will prepare the necessary environmental documentation for this section of the proposed
Interstate 69 corridor from El Dorado to McGehee, Arkansas. This project is proposed to be a
four-lane divided, fully controlled access facility located on a new alignment.
The proposed highway is a portion of the planned I-69 Corridor which will link Indianapolis,
Indiana to the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The I-69 Corridor also includes completed
portions of I-69 from Indianapolis north to the Port Huron, Michigan border crossing with
Canada and includes existing I-94 from Port Huron, Michigan through Detroit to Chicago, Illinois.
This study focuses on the section of I-69 that will connect the Mississippi River crossing of I-69
to the El Dorado, Arkansas area and will enhance the transportation services and economic vitality
of the project area. This section will accommodate the overall purpose of the national I-69 Corridor,
a much larger transcontinental project identified as a "high priority corridor" on the National
Highway System that would provide a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) transportation
corridor of national significance from Canada to Mexico. I-69 is also a transportation recommendation
of the Delta Initiative aimed at the revitalization and economic development of the Lower Mississippi Delta.
For direct information contact:
Timothy J. Smith, Project Manager
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
7700 Chevy Chase Drive
Building 1, Suite 210
Austin, TX 78752
David Bednar, Local Outreach Coordinator
Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
7203 Sheridan Road, Suite M
White Hall, AR 71602
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