Highway panel approves bids for Arkansas road projects

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved bids on multiple projects in the state, including a $16 million plan to widen U.S. 167 in northeast Arkansas.

Transportation officials announced Wednesday that construction will begin in the next month on the U.S. 167 project, which will widen a 4.5-mile stretch to four lanes near Cave City. The project is expected to be complete by mid-2017.

Other approved bids include $9.5 million to build a 1-mile stretch of Arkansas 162 and add a bridge over railroad tracks in Alma, $4.6 million to resurface the Interstate 40-Arkansas 365 intersection in Faulkner County and $2.9 million to install a cable median barrier on I-40 in St. Francis County.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the commission rejected bids on seven projects worth more than $71 million.

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