Three Location Public Hearings December 13-15: Proposed Walnut Ridge to Missouri State Line (Future I-57)


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The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will conduct three Location Public Hearings to present and discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Walnut Ridge to Missouri State Line (Future I-57) connection in Clay, Greene, Lawrence, and Randolph counties.

The purpose of this Location Public Hearing is to present the Preferred Alternative for the project and to solicit comments on the DEIS. The hearings will be held at the following locations from 4-7 p.m. on the specified dates (the same material will be available at each meeting). All meetings will be held as an open house with no formal presentations.

  • December 13, 2022 – Williams Baptist University (Moody Room), 22 McClellan Dr., Walnut Ridge, AR
  • December 14, 2022 – Pocahontas Community Center, 300 Geneva Dr., Pocahontas, AR
  • December 15, 2022 – M.B. Ainley Community Center (Banquet Room), 536 E. Elm St., Corning, AR

The DEIS is available for public review online and in-person at the following locations:

  • Website:
  • Corning Public Library: 613 Pine St., Corning, AR 72422
  • Randolph County Library: 111 W. Everett St., Pocahontas, AR 72455
  • Lawrence County Library: 115 W. Walnut St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
  • Greene County Library: 120 North 12th St., Paragould, AR 72450

The public is invited and encouraged to visit to view the project information and offer comments. Anyone with limited internet access, wanting to submit a recorded oral comment, or has general questions or comments regarding the DEIS or location public hearing may call (501) 823-0730. Persons wishing to submit written statements or other exhibits may send them to Garver, Attn: Caitlin Hetzel, 4701 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118; by email to; or via the online form located at Comments must be submitted by January 13, 2023 to be included in the official record. Individuals submitting public comments may have personally identifiable information published in future reports.

Anyone needing project information or special communication or accommodation needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may contact Jon Hetzel at 4701 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118, call 501-823-0730, or email The hearing or speech impaired may contact the Arkansas Relay System at (Voice/TTY 711). Requests should be made at least 4 days prior to the public meeting. Free language assistance for Limited English Proficient individuals is available upon request. This notice is available from the ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator in large print, on audiotape and in Braille.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) complies with all civil rights provisions of federal statutes and related authorities that prohibit discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Therefore, the Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion (not applicable as a protected group under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Title VI Program), disability, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), or low-income status in the admission, access to and treatment in the Department’s programs and activities, as well as the Department’s hiring or employment practices. Complaints of alleged discrimination and inquiries regarding the Department’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Joanna P. McFadden EEO/DBE Officer (ADA/504/Title VI Coordinator), P. 0. Box 2261, Little Rock, AR 72203, (501) 569-2298, (Voice/TTY 711), or the following email address:

Contact: Ellen Coulter

NR 22-286

November 14, 2022