Arkansas Court Case: Lawyer says state funding in error for I-630, I-30 projects

Attorneys on opposing sides of a lawsuit challenging the use of state sales-tax revenue on high-profile road construction projects on Interstate 30 and Interstate 630 traded barbs in a sometimes spirited hearing Tuesday before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray.

Justin Zachary, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, called no witnesses in his bid to win a preliminary injunction, which state highway officials said would halt work on the I-630 project. He pointed to language in Amendment 91 to the Arkansas Constitution limiting spending of certain tax revenue on four-lane highway projects. I-630 is a six-lane thoroughfare while the I-30 work is limited to a section that has six lanes.