Our mission is to promote the economic development of North Arkansas by supporting the revitalization of the “high priority corridor” infrastructure of U.S. Highway 412.

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Our highway system is not in keeping with our development potential across the entire Northern portion of the state of Arkansas. We are asking help to rectify this deficiency by supporting our efforts for U.S. Highway 412 so as to bring it up to modern day standards that will allow immediate accessibility impacting the social and economic well-being of the Northern portion of the state.

Throughout the entire Northern portion of Arkansas, U.S. Highway 412 is the primary arterial route from East to West. Established in 1988 by the U.S. Congress as a "High Priority Corridor," U.S. Highway 412 extends from Tulsa, OK through Arkansas to the Nashville, TN area. When brought up to the standards of a "High Priority Corridor,"the entire Northern portion of the state will realize the full potential of our untapped natural resources and underutilized labor force. Every business, farm and household along the route will be directly benefited.

U.S. Highway 412 is part of the Federal National Highway System (NHS) and the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) Primary Highway Network (APHN). It was designated as a “High Priority Corridor” by the U.S. Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).

Current conditions of our U.S. Highway 412 Corridor have reached a level of intolerance, discouraging economic growth and participation by industrial, commercial, and recreational interests. Surface transportation has failed to keep pace with the tremendous development potential of the entire Northern region of Arkansas. 

The rural communities throughout the Northern Region of Arkansas have limited accessibility and are mired in economic stagnation with negative trends for the future. This decline transcends economic considerations, threatening the eternal values that have cemented the South’s identity.  We can no longer accept the isolation brought by limited surface transportation resources.

The Improvement of U.S. highway 412 will…

  • Create jobs from highway work

  • Create jobs from new enterprises

  • Create a positive residential impact

  • Improve economic growth

North Arkansas East West Corridor Association (NAEWCA) is an Arkansas Corporation chartered as a not-for-profit Corporation in April 2017.  It is an approved IRS 501.c.3 Corporation which allows for the acceptance of contributions that are tax deductible for income tax purposes.  All contributions are welcome.