The Arkansas Highway Commission has awarded roadway project bids for some $4 million in state highway improvements in Southwest Arkansas.
The Arkansas Highway Commission has awarded roadway project bids for some $4 million in state highway improvements in Southwest Arkansas. A significant portion of the project work will involve resurfacing sections of Arkansas Highway 278 in Hempstead and Nevada counties. R. K. Hall Construction, Inc., of Paris, Texas, is the general contractor for the 5.5 mile section of Hwy. 278 between Ozan and Washington which will be resurfaced in Hempstead County, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Randy Ort. The contract is for $1,043,361.65, Ort said. A 4.2-mile section of Hwy. 278 between Rosston and Little Caney Creek in Nevada County will be resurfaced by Jet Asphalt and Rock Co., Inc., of El Dorado at a base bid of $824,641.86. Both projects are to begin within two to four weeks, weather permitting, and are expected to be completed in the early fall, Ort said. A 14.1-mile project along Interstate 30 in Nevada and Clark counties has been let to Collins and Hermann, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., at a base bid of $2,288,303.30. “The purpose of the first project is to install median cable barrier on 14.1 miles of Interstate 30 from Prescott to Gum Springs,” Ort said. “It's part of a project to install 500 miles of cable barrier in Arkansas by 2016.” That work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, he said.