Several construction projects were approved on Monday for roads and highways across Region 8.
According to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials, the Arkansas Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to roads in Poinsett County.
The project will replace a bridge over Bayou DeView, north of Weiner, and widen 0.5 miles of Highway 214 west from Keller Lane.
Robertson Contractors, Inc. of Poplar Bluff, Missouri won the contract at $1,890,355.36.
Construction is scheduled to begin within four weeks. The project should be finished by late 2015.
Robertson Contractors, Inc. was also awarded the contract for a project in Lawrence County.
That project will widen 1.5 miles of Highway 63 to five lanes. It will extend the four lanes from Portia to the new Black River Bridge that's currently under construction in Black Rock. It will cost $13,792,849.65.
Construction for this project is also set to begin within four weeks, weather permitting. It should be done by the Fall of 2016.
Roadwork will also be done in Independence County. That project will widen 5.3 miles of Highway 167 from two lanes to four lanes.
The work will extend north near Highway 394, just north of Batesville, to Antioch Road, south of Cave City.
White River Materials, Inc. of Batesville was awarded the contract at $19,204,183.87.
This construction is scheduled to begin within four weeks, and be completed by the end of 2016.
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