Searcy Bypass Complete

Searcy Bypass

Construction of the 13-mile Searcy Bypass is officially complete at a cost of nearly $53 million.  Tuesday saw the ribbon-cutting of the second and third projects which were opened to traffic in late March.

Here is some of the information shared by Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Scott Bennett.

  • With this ribbon cutting, construction of the 13-mile Searcy Bypass is complete at a cost of nearly $53 million.  Today we are celebrating opening of the second and third projects on new location along the north side of town.  These segments were opened to traffic late in March (3/27).
  • The first project, which extended Highway 13 to Highway 36 on the west side of town, was let to contract in the fall of 2012 for a construction cost of approximately $16.4 million.  A ribbon was cut on that 5-mile section on May 13 of 2016 (almost 2 years ago).
  • The second section, from Highway 16 over to Highway 67 for a length of 4 miles, was let in late 2015 for a construction cost of approximately $16.3 million.
  • And the final section, from Highway 36/Highway 13 to Highway 16 for just under 4 miles in length, filled in the gap.  This project was let in the summer of 2016 for $11.4 million.
  • This cost includes all phases of the project (design, right of way, utilities, construction and construction inspection.)
  • This ribbon cutting is to commemorate the completion of two lanes extending from Highway 267 north and eastward over to Highway 67.  Traveling around the Searcy vicinity is now much quicker and safer.  In addition, congestion through town, especially truck traffic, is being alleviated.
  • I want to congratulate everyone that had a hand in making this bypass possible.  That includes our contractors…The Rogers Group and McGeorge Contracting.
  • I also want to thank the City of Searcy and White County, each contributing $3 million, for a total of $6 million, to make this project a reality.  Mayor Morris and Judge Lincoln signed the original partnering agreement and it is so great that they are still in office and present today to see the outcome of their contributions.
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