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Resurfacing project on 19-mile section of 167, including Batesville and Southside, begins Tuesday; some work to be overnight

A major resurfacing project on a section of Arkansas State Highway 167 that includes Batesville and Southside is set to begin next Tuesday.

The bid to complete the project went to a local company, Atlas Asphalt. Mark Lamberth, the president of Atlas Asphalt, told White River Now Thursday that the project covers 19 miles and extends from the intersection of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville to just north of Velvet Ridge.

Lamberth said since Highway 167 in this area is well-traveled, safety will be an utmost concern. He noted the first workday will begin Tuesday evening, May 5, at 6 p.m. and will continue until 7 a.m.

He said that not all of the project’s work will be done at night, but that is the schedule that will be used for several days. Lamberth said initially the work will begin with milling starting where Highways 14 and 230 meet 167 at Southside.

Lamberth said there will be flaggers at times to slow the traffic flow as well as some lane closures as the work progresses. He said it will be necessary for those who travel that section of 167 to be patient and drive with care, watching for highway workers at all times.

The $4.7 million project has a completion date of September 2020. Lamberth added that if the work goes well and the weather doesn’t interfere too much, the project could be completed at an earlier date.

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