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Project Profile: The Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP), Arkansas

The Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP), Arkansas

Caption: Concrete deck on the Spring Street Bridge on the I-49: Washington/Benton County project.
Source: Credit: Connecting Arkansas Program

Project Name The Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP)
Location State of Arkansas
Project Sponsor / Borrower Arkansas Department of Transportation
Program Areas Value Capture
Value Capture Techniques Special Assessment: Sales Tax Districts
Mode Highway and Bridge

The Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP) is one of the largest highway construction programs ever undertaken by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). Through a voter-approved constitutional amendment, Arkansans passed the half-cent sales tax to construct more than 30 projects in 19 corridors.

In 2009, the 87th Arkansas General Assembly created the Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance. The committee was tasked with finding a solution to finance State-wide transportation improvements and recommended a half-cent increase to the State sales tax over a 10-year span. The voters then approved this amendment that is estimated to provide $1.8 billion for highways, county roads, city streets, bridges, and surface transportation.

With 36 projects in 19 corridors across the State, the Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP) is the largest highway construction program the Arkansas Department of Transportation has ever undertaken. The project will improve transportation to the four corners of Arkansas by widening highways, easing congestion, and improving traveler safety across nearly 200 miles of four-lane highways and interstate roads. Project selection is based on estimated construction schedules and cost, the need to widen two-lane highways to four-lane highways in vital corridors, and pre-construction work already completed.

The CAP will support an estimated 40,000 or more jobs, encourage economic development, and make locations throughout the State more desirable for employers to locate, expand, and conduct business.

Cost $1.8 billion - All projects are currently underway
Funding Sources
  • Ten-year, half-cent State sales tax increase
Project Delivery / Contract Method Design-Bid-Build
Private Partner
  • Garver
  • HNTB
Project Advisors / Consultants
  • Garver
  • HNTB
  • Michael Baker International
  • HDR
  • Bridgefarmer & Associates
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Buchart Horn
  • Atkins
  • Brown & Gay Engineers
  • Jacobs
  • Crafton Tull
Lenders N/A
Duration / Status The program is currently underway, beginning in July 2013 and ending in July 2023, unless extended by voters.
Financial Status/Financial Performance The design and construction of highway and interstate widening projects will be funded with the estimated $1.8 billion anticipated to accrue from 70 percent of the tax revenue. The remaining 30 percent of the tax revenue will be turned back to local governments for road and street projects - 15 percent each for cities and counties.

The construction will provide better roads and bridges, encouraging economic development and making locations throughout Arkansas more desirable for companies to become established, expand, and conduct business. Overall, the CAP will:

  • Provide an economic benefit to the State of Arkansas. Construction and maintenance work is estimated to offer more than 40,000 jobs.
  • Improve transportation connections between cities throughout the State.
  • Increase capacity by widening highways to move people and goods more efficiently.
  • Provide a revenue source for new highway projects.
  • Accelerate completion of highway improvement projects.
  • Improve traveler safety.
  • Ease congestion.
  • Support job growth and improves the Arkansas economy.
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Contact Name Keli Wylie
Title Alternate Project Delivery Administrator
Phone # (501) 569-4984
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Caption: Image of State Highway Department Dedication Ceremony after completion of the I-40: Pulaski County project.
Source: Credit: Connecting Arkansas Program

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