Commission OKs $3.1 Million Bid To Better Mark Off-Ramps

Feb 17, 2017

An August 2016 crash involving an Arkansas State Trooper who was trying to stop a vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 40 near Alma. The trooper was injured while the driver of the other vehicle was killed.
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The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a $3.1 million bid for highway and interstate improvements aimed at reducing wrong-way crashes.

The commission awarded the contract to Ewing Signal Construction of Nixa, Missouri. The project calls for improvements on interstate off-ramps, including sign replacements, lowered signs and other projects that officials hope will cut down on the number of crashes caused by people driving the wrong way on the ramps.

The project includes improvements to 351 off-ramps in the state on interstates and busy highways like U.S. 67 and U.S. 70.

Construction is expected to begin in the next two to four weeks with completion expected later this year.