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Grzrd:

--- Quote from: Grzrd on September 17, 2010, 04:11:51 PM ---Arkansas 2010-13 STIP, which was released in April, lists a FY 2010 letting for the Charles W. Dean Memorial Bridge over Mississippi River for "Phase I".  The project has an earmark of $8.67 million and the total letting is anticipated to be $10.35 million.  The recent I-69 book estimates total cost of project to be around $500 million.

The STIP also lists a FY 2010 letting for "Phase I" of 8.60 miles of a "new terrain" Monticello bypass.  That project has an earmark of $70.49 million and the total letting is anticipated to be $88.1 million.

http://www.arkansashighways.com/stip/Final%20STIP%202010-2013%20%20Web%20Version.pdf

"I-69 Corridor (Hwy. 65-Miss. Rt. 1) (GRB) (Ph I) (F)   069   2010   Phase I    $10,346        $8,666
Monticello Bypass (Phase I) (F)   069   2010   New Location    8.60     $88,107        $70,486"

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Since right-of-way acquisition for the Great River Bridge (is it officially Charles W. Dean Memorial Bridge yet?) is currently ongoing, I thought it was as good a time as any to start an "Arkansas" I-69 thread.

After seeing that 2010-13 STIP had 2 separate "Phase I" I-69 projects listed for tentative FY 2010 lettings, I recently emailed AHTD to see if these projects were still "on track".  Pertinent part of the reply:


--- Quote ---Phase 1 for the Great River Bridge involves right of way acquisition, which is already underway.   Phase I for the Monticello Bypass is preliminary engineering which involves environmental work.

I donít believe either project is going to make FY 2010.

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It will be interesting, and possibly time-consuming, to see if AHTD keeps pushing the dates back in order to wait for results of the seven-state I-69 alternative financing study, for which the consultant has not even been chosen yet.

Grzrd:
Received an e-mail from AHTD today.  Monticello Bypass project is now scheduled for a September 2011 letting.  I believe this will be the first engineering/ construction work on a future segment of I-69 in Arkansas.

Will be interesting to see how Arkansas manages maintenance of existing road network, I-49 & I-69.

codyg1985:
Not to mention also the US 67 upgrade to a freeway up to Walnut Ridge, AR.

US71:

--- Quote from: codyg1985 on November 24, 2010, 08:48:54 AM ---Not to mention also the US 67 upgrade to a freeway up to Walnut Ridge, AR.

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67 won't be part of I-69.

codyg1985:

--- Quote from: US71 on November 24, 2010, 09:12:21 AM ---
--- Quote from: codyg1985 on November 24, 2010, 08:48:54 AM ---Not to mention also the US 67 upgrade to a freeway up to Walnut Ridge, AR.

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67 won't be part of I-69.

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I'm just saying that's another big project that AHTD has to manage and fund, along with I-49 and I-69.

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