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North Belt Freeway scrapped from plan

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HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Central Arkansas' transportation planning board has voted to remove the proposed North Belt Freeway from its long-range plan after a study found it would cost $648 million to build it as a toll road.

The Metroplan board of directors made the decision Wednesday after reviewing the study on the project, which would connect U.S. 67/167 and Interstate 40 west through parts of Sherwood, Camp Robinson and North Little Rock.

Under federal rules, the project must be on the region's long-range transportation plan before it can be built. Metroplan expects a final vote in December.

The study found that toll revenue would fall short by $500 million once all costs were added in. But Metroplan's executive director Jim McKenzie says the project could still be revived.

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