December 28, 2011 Edition

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House shares highway updates

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House, who is also a member of the Arkansas Good Roads and Transportation Council Board of Directors, has shared recent updates with The TD on highway projects that pertain to Lawrence County.

House reported that the funding for the remaining work on the Hwy. 67 four-lane project, from the Swifton area to Walnut Ridge and Hoxie, is expected to be included in the new federal transportation bill. He has been told that we should know for sure in January if the 67 project has survived any slashing by Congress.

Mayor House also said Chief Engineer Frank Vozel of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department told him that if the funding for 67 is included in the final bill from Congress an announcement for scheduled paving of the entire project will be forthcoming soon.

"This will be very good news for our area," House said. "We have worked on this for nearly 20 years."

Also, Vozel said the Black Rock Bridge project is moving ahead without any major difficulties. He now says the bid letting for the expected $30 million project has been moved from the spring of 2013 to September of 2012.

"This is good news for everyone who is affected by the bridge," House added.

At a recent Good Roads meeting in Little Rock, House was re-appointed to a sixth term on the board. Among those attending the meeting were Governor Mike Beebe, AHTD Chairman Madison Murphy, Vozel and transportation leaders from across the state.

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