Local highway projects part of statewide improvements

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has announced several projects throughout the state as part of its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for fiscal years 2019 through 2022. A few of the projects scheduled for the plan are in North Central Arkansas, including one in Baxter County.

Steve Lawrence is the engineer for ArDOT District 9 headquartered south of Bellefonte. Lawrence says the Baxter County project is on Arkansas Highway 5 starting at the Izard County line and continuing to the Sheid-Hopper Bypass.

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This project was originally set to extend further into Izard County to Calico Rock, but Lawrence says that is no longer necessary.

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Another project being considered for the STIP was in Marion County. ArDOT was looking at adding a passing lane project to U.S. Highway 62/412 from Yellville to the west end of the bypass near Flippin as part of the larger study of Highway 412 improvements across the state. Lawrence says that project could possibly be moved to another location.

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Lawrence adds another safety project is being considered on U.S. Highway 65 in Searcy County.

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According to ArDOT, some bridges are also being looked at for improvements in Fulton County. Click here for the full Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

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