Arkansas Highway Commission approves nearly $45 million for I-555 projects

Arkansas Highway Commission approves nearly $45 million for I-555 projects

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Construction crews will be busy after the Arkansas State Highway Commission on Friday approved a pair of highway projects.

The two projects - totaling nearly $45 million - involve bridge work along Interstate 555 in Craighead County and the resurfacing of 13 miles of Interstates 555 and 55 and Highway 149, south of Tyronza.

“The traffic count out there is anything between 36-38,000 for average daily traffic for vehicles. Unfortunately, this project will be very intrusive to traffic. It will close one side or the other in direction, there will be cross-overs and we will put one-way of traffic in sections of this highway,” ARDOT Division 10 District Engineer Brad Smithee said.

The reconstruction work will cost around $34 million to complete.

The commission awarded the $33,837,374.87 contract to improve the roadways, bridges, and overpasses along I-555 between Nettleton Avenue and Southwest Drive to Koss Construction Company of Topeka, Kan.

Koss was one of three bidders for the project and ARDOT uses a method called “A+C” to narrow it down.

“There are two components: A-how much does it take to construct this, including all of the components, the asphalts, the concretes whatever it takes to build this project. The C component is the road user fees," Smithee said. “We assign a dollar value for what it cost for the public to be affected and to not being able to use that road during construction."

The contractor will repair the road by doing a polymer overlaying and hydro-demolition.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting.

The project should be completed by early 2021.

The $11,030,168.55 resurfacing project was awarded to Atlas Asphalt Inc. of Batesville. Construction is set to start in two to four weeks, weather permitting, with work expected to be done by mid-2020.

Other area projects approved Friday by the commission were:

  • St. Francis County - A $7,043,344.90 bid was approved to replace two bridge structures on Highways 50 and 79 over the Fifteenmile & Cut-off Bayou. Robertson Contractors, Inc. of Poplar Bluff received the bid, with construction scheduled to start in two to four weeks. Construction is expected to be done by mid-2021.
  • Mississippi County - A $1,146,395.69 bid to replace one bridge structure on Highway 312 was approved. Robertson Contractors, Inc. also received the bid, with construction set to start in two to four weeks. Work is expected to be done in mid-2020.

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