August 6, 2008 Edition

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Bids opened for work on new 67

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to roadways in Lawrence County, according to Commissioner John Ed Regenold of Armorel and Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham.

The first project will construct the grading and structures for a four-lane divided roadway for Highway 67 on new location. Dumey Contracting, Inc., of Benton, Mo., was awarded the contract at $11,060,843.64.

"This is one of several projects that is making Highway 67 four lanes from Hoxie down to Newport," state Regenold.

"This section of the new roadway will begin at Highway 230 and continue southward to Highway 226, in Craighead County." Regenold added that a future project will provide the base and surfacing for the roadway.

The purpose of the second project is to resurface 1.75 miles of County Road 636 (Evergreen Road), near Sedgwick. Atlas Asphalt, Inc., of Jonesboro was awarded the contract at $352,902.08.

"This project will begin in Sedgwick and continue northward," stated Latham.

Regenold noted that the county road project is funded through the State Aid Road Program established by the legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. This program provides approximately $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing on the county road system.

Regenold said work could begin in six to eight weeks, weather permitting. Work on Highway 67 will be completed mid 2010. Completion is expected on the County Road 636 project in late 2008.

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