by Max Brantley
U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln have announced a $5 million grant of federal stimulus money to help build a Bella Vista bypass, a long-sought amenity in Yellow Dog Republicanland.
So now where are the Republican senatorial candidates of principle to denounce this outrage? Just today, Sen. Gilbert Baker said the federal stimulus program had been a failure. Avatars will undoubtedly do this Bella Vista roadwork, not flesh-and-blood humans. Rep. John Boozman opposed the president's recovery legislation.
Rep. Boozman. Sen. Baker. Mr. Holt. Mr. Coleman. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Tell me this outrage will not stand if you are elected to the Senate. Tell me you will attempt to block this pork and undo this misbegotten stimulus effort.
Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor today announced that the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will receive a $5,000,000 grant to help build a 19-mile, 4-lane bypass around Bella Vista in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri. The Recovery Act funds will create jobs and help spur economic development by providing an alternative route through Bella Vista.
The Bella Vista bypass will serve as an important link for the future Interstate Highway 49, which will go through western Arkansas and eventually connect New Orleans to Kansas City. In addition, it will make the existing route through downtown Bella Vista safer for motorists by reducing traffic along U.S. Route 71.
“I am pleased to announce this investment that will create local construction jobs and help lay the foundation for long-term economic expansion in the Bella Vista area and throughout Arkansas. I will continue working to ensure this project has the funding it needs,” Lincoln said. “Investments in transportation not only create jobs in the short term, these infrastructure improvements spur economic development that will attract jobs and help grow our communities.”
“Northwest Arkansas has combined smart planning, regional cooperation and persistence to address their transportation needs. While this funding will go a long way to complete a key section of I-49, I will continue to fight for additional funding to finish this future interstate corridor,” Pryor said. “The short and long term economic impact of this project will be significant on a local, national and international scale.”
The funding is part of the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, which awards Recovery Act funds for innovative transportation projects that promise significant job creation and lasting economic growth.