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.