Highway Commission Opens Bids in Three Region 8 Counties

October 8, 2003 - Posted at: 4:47 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has opened bids for improvements to roadways in Craighead, Cross and Lawrence Counties.

The purpose of the Craighead County is to patch existing concrete pavement in selected locations.  Forby Contracting of Hinckley, Minnesota was the apparent low bidder at $276,750.

"Proper maintenance of our roadways is always a top priority of the Commission," said Chairman Buddy Benafield.

Construction on the Craighead projects is expected to begin in six to eight weeks, weather permitting.  The work should be completed in the spring of 2004.

The Cross County work calls for installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 1 and Addison Drive in Wynne.  Shelby Electric Company of Memphis is the apparent low bidder at $76,084.65.  Another project will reconstruct 1.2 miles of County Road 68 south of Wynne, extending from County Road 71 eastward.  A Tuckerman firm, Richard Baughn Construction, was the apparent low bidder at $520,064.95.

In Lawrence County, work calls for widening approximately seven miles of U.S. 63 to four lanes, from the Hoxie Bypass eastward to the Craighead County line.  Atlas Asphalt of Jonesboro will do the work for $13,389,902.47.  Work on the project will begin in six to eight weeks, weather permitting.  Completion is expected by the end of 2004.