Bids on two roadway improvement projects in Phillips County have been opened by the Arkansas State Highway Department according to Phillips County Judge Don Gentry.
The projects include resurfacing 4.4 miles of Highway 49, from the Monroe County line, south toward Postelle. The second project will replace two bridges on County Road 240 over Big Cypress and Lick Creek, north of Lexa.
Lehman-Roberts Co. of Memphis was awarded the bid for the Highway 49 project at a cost of $727,993.85. Robertson, Inc. of Poplar Grove will do the bridge replacement work costing $1,531,578.83.
Construction on Highway 49 should begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting and should be finished by fall.
The State Aid Road Program, established by the Arkansas Legislature and administered by the state Highway and Transportation Department, is providing the funding for the county road project (bridges). This program provides about $20 million each year from the state's motor fuel tax to help counties with projects they choose in their county road system.
Construction on the bridge replacements is expected to begin in two to four weeks if the weather permits and it should be completed by the spring of 2014.
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