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I-530 work winding down


Reconstruction of Interstate 530 in Jefferson County has been declared to be substantially complete, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The 8-mile section of highway between the Jefferson Interchange and the Pulaski County Line has been under construction since early 2012. Lane closures were removed over the last several days.

Short-term lane closures will still be required from time to time while the contractor performs seeding and mulching, watering, pavement evaluations, final clean-up, and other miscellaneous items of work. All work is expected to be complete by Labor Day.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel related information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

In other highway news:

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Jefferson County, according to County Judge Dutch King.

The purpose of the project is to resurface 2.7 miles of County Road 25 in Jefferson County.

The work on County Road 25 (Old Warren Road) will extend from just north of Ryburn Road to just south of Whiteville Road.

Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company of Pine Bluff, AR was awarded the contract at $329,329.66.

This county road project is funded through the State Aid Road Program established by the legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. This Program provides approximately $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing on the county road system.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project will be complete this fall.