Arkansas Highway Officials To Open Bids On 47 Projects

Sep 15, 2014

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is set to open bids on 47 road and bridge projects totaling an estimated $303 million.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports three of the projects are expected to account for nearly two-thirds of the total cost. The Broadway Bridge replacement and 17-mile Interstate 40 rehabilitation are expected to exceed $80 million, while the third high-profile project, the widening of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and Conway, is estimated to cost $30 million or more.

Electronic bids will be opened by department officials in two separate morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesday.

Danny Straessle, a spokesman for the agency, says the previous high for a bid letting was more than $222 million in November 2012. That project included a nearly $79 million reconstruction of a section of Interstate 540 in the Fort Smith area.