On track: Twin bridges project to be completed by year’s end

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the curves on U.S. Highway 62 between Green Forest and Alpena are only temporary.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

While the curves between Green Forest and Alpena are frustrating for drivers, the current highway project will result in smoother, safer roads in the area.

According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, the purpose of Job 090230 is to widen 3.74 miles of Highway 62 west of Alpena from two lanes to five lanes in Carroll County.

ArDOT resident engineer Stacy Burge said the project will widen the area between Denver Road and the twin bridges in Carroll County to five lanes, extending the current five-lane highway east of Green Forest to just east of Denver Road.

He said this will include softening the sharp curve east of the bridges, known as “Dead Man’s Curve.”

“Winter weather has slowed work on the project,” Burge said, “but it is still on schedule.”

The bid for the project was awarded to Nabholz Construction for $17.8 million. Work officially started on Nov. 3, 2016, Burge said.

The estimated completion date is late 2018 or early 2019, he said.

The department recently completed work on Job 090330, which widened 3.67 miles of Highway 62 between Green Forest and Berryville from two lanes to five lanes.

The goal of the projects is to make traveling to and from Carroll County faster and safer.

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