At a public involvement meeting Thursday evening, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department gathered input on the next phase of the proposed widening of Highway 64.

The next phase will include the road between the Vilonia Bypass east to Turner Road.

The project will continue to widen the road between two finished projects in Faulkner and White counties, increasing the lane count from two to five.

John Baber, environmental scientist with AHTD, said the meeting is part of the widening process to gather information from the community, including environmental concerns.

One hour into the three-hour long open forum, Baber said he had already seen and talked to many citizens about the project.

"Most of the people are concerned about having to move," he said.

The project, which is 7.4 miles long, would require a few relocations.

Input collected at the meeting included a questionnaire addressing the need for widening Highway 64, concerns about historical sites, concerns about environmental constraints and suggestions to better serve the community.

For more information visit www.arkansashighways.com.

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