The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department earlier today agreed to pay nearly $101 million for the construction of the first section of the U.S. 412 Bypass of Springdale, meaning one of the Northwest Arkansas region’s highest priority projects should start being built early next year.
The $100,620,381 bid went to Eutaw Construction of Aberdeen, Mississippi to build the four-mile, four-lane section of the highway that will make the drive to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport quicker. There were seven construction bidders, and Eutaw submitted the lowest bid.
The start of the U.S. 412 Bypass of Springdale is occurring because statewide voters approved a half-cent sales tax in November 2012. That sales tax is supporting the Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP).