Arkansas opens $142M of transportation projects to low bids

January 22, 2019

The U.S. 412 widening initiative is one of the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program projects that is being funded by a 10-year, one-half cent sales tax that will expire in 2023. About 200 miles of highways and interstates will be improved or built using money from the temporary tax.

Regardless, all state transportation departments have their budgets and often go back to the drawing board to refine their project parameters, like the Arkansas DOT did for the U.S. 412 project, or have to be willing to incorporate input from contracting teams about how they can reduce the price tag.

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