The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) will conduct an online public involvement meeting about the proposed plans to construct northbound and southbound passing lanes on Highway 71 between Mena and “Y” City in Polk and Scott Counties.

The public is invited to listen, view meeting materials, and provide written comments. The website will be available for comments until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 29.

“In my opinion there are not enough safe passing zones to get around slow traffic, semis etc,” shared Arkansas State Representative John Maddox on a receent social media post in regard to travel on US Highway 71. “Since I got in office I have been requesting more passing lanes on highway 71 specifically in Polk and Scott Counties. If you agree with me please login to the online ARDOT meeting ... and let them know how you feel. We must improve our infrastructure to make travel safer and to help all our local businesses be more efficient.”

To access the online public meeting,  type in the following link on your browser:

It will take you to the online neighborhood public meeting website.

This website will provide project materials and handouts that would have been shown at the in-person meetings.

A separate link (on that page) will provide a Spanish version of the presentation.

There will also be an option to send online comment forms to ARDOT staff, or you can print the form and mail it to, Environmental Division, 10324 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72209.

If you do not have internet access, please contact Karla Sims at 501-569-2000 to ask questions about the proposed project and how to access project information at

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