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ArDOT Announces $142M in Transit Projects

Friday, January 25, 2019

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On Wednesday (Jan. 23), the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) announced low bid results for 31 infrastructure projects, totaling $142 million. The projects are part of the larger $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas initiative.

The 14.5-mile stretch of U.S. 412, located north of Jonesboro, Arkansas, was among the largest of the projects up for bid. Three projects did not receive any bids.

ArDOT Call for Bids

According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the 412 project, which would link Walnut Ridge and Paragould with a four-lane highway, will cost $58.5 million if ArDOT accepts the bid from a joint venture composed of Atlas Asphalt Inc. and Delta Asphalt. The venture won out over a $63.2 million bid from West Plains Bridge and Grading and a $69.9 million bid from Johnson Bros. Corp.

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On Wednesday (Jan. 23), the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) announced low bid results for 31 infrastructure projects, totaling $142 million. The projects are part of the larger $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas initiative.

This was the second time the state transportation department opened bids for the project: The first time a call was issued, agency officials rejected the $62.4 million bid from Johnson Bros. Corp.,as too expensive, the only bid placed on the project at that particular time.

"It's an important corridor in the state,” Alec Farmer, a member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, told the Democrat Gazette. “Unfortunately, we have several of those and, once again, limited resources to address them all."

Another project covers a 7.8-mile segment of U.S. 65 in Van Buren County, with Bobby Kennedy Construction submitting the lowest bid at $33.9 million. The work will help connect Clinton and Harrison, located in Boone County, to a four-lane highway.

Otherwise, 11 projects, worth $432 million and spanning 61 miles, have been completed under the initiative. Another nine projects, covering 46 miles, are currently under construction.

The Connecting Arkansas initiative Is largely being financed by a half-percent increase in the statewide sales tax that will be active for another few years; voters approved the measure in 2012, and the tax is set to be in place for 10 years, expiring in 2023. Connecting Arkansas is geared toward three dozen projects on 19 corridors around the state, totaling 190 miles.

   

Tagged categories: Bidding; Government; Government contracts; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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