This project completed the five-lane widening of Highway 70 between Hot Springs and Interstate 30 in Benton. The additional lanes enhance the transportation connection between the cities, increase capacity, and improve traveler safety.
Job CA0610 Hot Springs – Interstate 30
This project widened approximately 18 miles of Highway 70 to five lanes, extending generally from Hot Springs in Garland County to Interstate 30 in Saline County.
This road-widening project was designed under two jobs, CA0606 Hot Springs - Highway 128 and 061377 Highway 128 - Interstate 30.
Construction was completed and lanes opened to traffic in June 2018
Performed clearing and grubbing
Widened to five lanes
Performed full pavement reconstruction
Reconstructed Cedar Creek Bridge
Reconstructed Ten Mile Creek West Bridge
Reconstructed Ten Mile Creek Bridge
Reconstructed Caney Creek Bridge
Installed traffic signal at State Highway 128
Placed final surface and install permanent pavement markings
Bids were opened by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (formerly AHTD) in December 2016. The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by McGeorge Contracting and awarded the project for $78.5 million.
(CA0606) A public involvement meeting was held January 28, 2016 in Hot Springs to present and discuss the proposed plans to widen Highway 70 from Hot Springs to Highway 128 in Garland County. A flier, comment form, and map can be downloaded here.
(061377) A public involvement meeting was held on March 12, 2015 in Lonsdale to present and discuss the proposed plans to widen Highway 70 from Highway 128 in Garland County to I-30 in Saline County. A flier, comment form, and map are available here.