Lane closures on U.S. 425 will begin this week as another phase of the long-term highway-widening project gets under way.

The phase in question is the widening of approximately 10 miles of highway that runs north from the Louisiana state line to U.S. 425’s intersection with U.S. 82 south of Hamburg.

When it is completed, the highway will have four lanes for north and southbound traffic with a painted center median. The work on the $44.6 million project is expected to be completed in mid-2022, and Arkansas Department of Transportation officials say that when it is complete the additional lanes will improve highway capacity and increase traveler safety.

 The bid for the project was awarded to Diamond B Construction Company in 2018.  The most recent work on this phase of the 425 widening has included earthwork and some asphalt construction.

The previous phase of the project, 5.5 miles of U.S. 82 from its intersection with U.S. 425 to the southern limits of Hamburg, was considered substantially complete in July 2020. That phase cost $26.7 million and was completed by JB James Construction.

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Transportation said that drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all of the highway work zones.

The work is part of the Connecting Arkansas Program, which ARDOT characterizes as one of the largest highway construction programs it has ever undertaken. 

It is funded by the voter-approved 2012 constitutional amendment levying a 10-year, half-cent sales tax to improve the state’s intermodal transportation system.

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