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AR: Contracts awarded for seven more stimulus-funded projects

AR: Contracts awarded for seven more stimulus-funded projects

Posted By jlyon On August 20, 2009 @ 12:41 pm In Arkansas News Bureau, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Rob Moritz
Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — A contract to widen the last section of U.S. 65 between Pine Bluff and Lake Village to four lanes has been tentatively awarded to a Pine Bluff company, a state Department of Highway and Transportation spokesman says.

Graves and Associates submitted the low bid $16.7 million for the five-mile project in Lincoln and Desha counties.

The project was one of seven let Wednesday that will be funded with $44.9 million in federal stimulus money.

“That’s the last stretch of 65 to be let from Pine Bluff to Lake Village,” said Glenn Bolick, department spokesman.

The highway is the main artery through Southeast Arkansas and runs parallel to the Mississippi River into Louisiana.

Also awarded was a project for grading and structural work on 2.69 miles of the proposed four-lane Interstate 49 between County Road 8 and Custer Boulevard in Sebastian County.

C. Watts & Sons Construction of Oklahoma City submitted the low bid of $11.3 million for the project.

The proposed I-49 eventually will connect Kansas City, Mo., to New Orleans through a north-south length of western Arkansas.

Other projects awarded Wednesday to be funded by stimulus money include:
—$9.3 million to widen four miles of U.S. 167 in Grant County.
— $2.6 million for a railroad overpass on Salem Road in Faulkner County.
—$2.3 million to widen ramps and add auxiliary lanes at four interchanges along Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 in Benton and Washington counties.
—$1.7 million for the widening of Arkansas 128 in Garland County.
—$962,965 for box culverts and approaches on Leopard Creek in Pulaski County.

Arkansas has been allocated $351.5 million in stimulus funding for highway projects, and 104 projects have been approved by the commission.

During Wednesday’s Highway Commission meeting, commissioners were told that a total of 62 stimulus-funded infrastructure projects have been let totaling $116 million, and 25 of the projects are complete.

Another 42 projects totaling remain to be let, the commission was told.

Also awarded Wednesday were 24 non-stimulus highway projects valued at $23.4 million.

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