With federal and state money drying up, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is considering turning the stretch of Interstate 40 from North Little Rock to Memphis into a toll road and adding another lane.
"We really believe with the amount of needs we have and the lower amount of a revenue coming in, we need to explore all possibilities for funding and financing roads in Arkansas," explained department director, Scott Bennett.
Bennett said the department and its commission is responding to public requests for toll roads as a method of raising money. The project though, is far from speeding along. It's only at the very beginning stages.
"The only thing the commission has approved of is the hiring of a consultant to study feasibility of tolling Interstate 40 between North little rock and Memphis," Bennett said.
We took the issue on the road, asking those who travel I-40 the most what they thought.
Truck driver Fad Robinson said he would love to see improved roads and an additional lane, on one condition.
"As long as they don't charge too much, it's a good idea," Robinson said.
"East coast, toll roads, they expensive, but you can travel," he continued. "That's the main thing, they convenient, you can move right on, go where you wanna go. "
Others didn't agree.
"If they make I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock a toll road, I won't run the interstate," said trucker Don Nealson. "The trucking industry already has to pay enough taxes and everything else. "
The feasibility study should be completed by next summer. Any changes wouldn't be made for several years.