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Arkansas Department of Transportation

New Lanes on Manila Bypass to Open

Apr 27, 2018
Arkansas Department of Transportation

More than two miles of newly constructed lanes on the Manila Bypass (State Highway 18) in Mississippi County will be opened to traffic, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting; two lanes will be open to traffic on Tuesday, May 1st, allowing motorists to travel around the southeast side of Manila on the new bypass. This will allow contractors to complete the future four-lanes and shoulders of this bypass section.

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Construction work to improve bridge decks on a portion of Interstate 555 is expected to take five months.  

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is placing barrier walls, traffic barrels, and signage along the interstate between Marked Tree and Payneway.  Lane closures are expected for the duration of the project, as well as a reduction of wide loads to 12 feet.  This will affect both northbound and southbound lanes.  The bridges are located along the Sunken Lands, which is between Payneway and Marked Tree. 

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Several road improvement projects totaling over $3.2 million are expected to begin in the next 2 to 4 weeks in Northeast Arkansas. 

In news releases Thursday from the Arkansas Department of Transportation, crews will be working in Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, and Mississippi counties.  In Jonesboro, 2.5 miles of U.S. Highway 63B and State Highway 463 from Watt St. to Ingles Road will be resurfaced. 

State Highway 135 will have 3.1 miles resurfaced in Greene County beginning at the Craighead County line and moving northbound.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Transportation officials in Arkansas are considering an $8.4 billion funding plan for highway and bridge maintenance.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas Highway Commission met Wednesday to look at a potential new funding program for lawmakers or voters to consider next year.