Three highway construction projects, including major widening of Highway 1 in Phillips and Lee counties, have been scrapped due to the uncertainty of federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, according to Arkansas State Highway and Department officials.

Three highway construction projects, including major widening of Highway 1 in Phillips and Lee counties, have been scrapped due to the uncertainty of federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, according to Arkansas State Highway and Department officials.

AHTD withdrew three projects from its list of projects to be considered at its Jan. 27 bid opening.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has projected that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will be depleted as early as July of next year without Congressional action.

“All our bills are paid with state funds,” explained AHTD Director Scott Bennett, “then we seek reimbursement from the Federal Highway Trust Fund for the federal portion of those payments.”

In 2014, AHTD delayed 15 projects with an estimated cost of almost $70 million because of the same Highway Trust Fund issue. The next scheduled letting date in 2015 is March 10.

Two other state projects were also withdraw from consideration – paving a gravel highway in Crawford County and a bridge replacement in Franklin County.