WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded nearly $5 million to Arkansas on Friday for highway improvements in Conway, Van Buren and Cleburne counties.
The Arkansas Highay and Transportation Department will use the funds to resurface a section of Arkansas 92 and replace two weight-limited bridges in north central Arkansas, which has seen a significant increase in traffic in recent years, according to DoT. The total cost of the project is estimated at $6.2 million.
"Resurfacing the roadway and replacing two weight-restricted bridges will return this route to its original condition and will reduce associated long-term operations and maintenance costs. The improvements will provide a reliable and efficient transportation system for the natural gas, timber, and agricultural industries in the region," a department summary said.
Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, issued a joint statement announcing the $4.96 million grant and their support for the project.
In all, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 52 projects in 37 states would receive about $474 million in highway improvement grants.