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Bid awarded for Hwy. 63

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to a roadway in Lawrence County, according to Commissioner John Ed Regenold of Armorel.

The purpose of the project is to widen 3.7 miles of Highway 63 to five lanes. White River Materials, Inc. of Batesville was awarded the contract at $10,388,572.47.

"This widening project will begin at the Walnut Ridge/Hoxie Bypass and continue westward to Portia," stated Regenold. "Two bridges are also being built as part of the project."

Regenold said work could begin on the project in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is expected in late 2011.

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