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AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding
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AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has withdrawn ten construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of Federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.  

The United State Department of Transportation has projected that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will run short of funds as early as July of this year without Congressional action.  Because of this uncertainty, the AHTD has evaluated State and Federal funding that will be available and reduced the number of construction projects planned because of the possible inability of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to provide timely and full reimbursements to Arkansas.

The ten Federal-aid projects that have been pulled from the Department’s April bid letting total approximately $60 million and include:

Chicot – Hwy 165; Rehabilitation of 4.3 miles

Conway – Hwys 9 and 9B; Traffic Signal Upgrade (Morrilton)

Craighead – Hwy 226; Cash Bypass Base and Surfacing

Franklin – City Street; Connect Hillbilly Lane to Hwy. 23 (Mulberry)

Garland – County Road 79; Bridge Replacement

Independence – Hwy 167; Widening of 5.0 miles

Lawrence – Hwy 63; Widening 1.5 miles

Pulaski – Hwy 70 (Roosevelt Road); Bridge Replacement (LR)

Pulaski – City Street; Bridge Replacement (NLR)

Various – Hwys 67, 84, 79, 7, 82; Bridge Painting

“Based on our evaluation, if we execute all contracts that are scheduled for the April letting, the Department may not have adequate funds to ensure full payments to contractors during this period of reduced Federal reimbursements,” states ATHD Director Scott Bennett.

“We are hoping that a long-term revenue solution for the Federal Highway Trust Fund can be found so we in Arkansas and across the country can continue to award planned construction projects and adequately invest in our nation’s highway system,” Bennett added.

An evaluation of scheduled federally funded projects will occur prior to each Department letting until Congress acts to correct the funding shortfall.  Letting dates in 2014 are scheduled for April 16th, June 4th, July 23rd, September 17th, November 5th and December 17th.  

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