The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Polk County

According to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.The purpose of the project is to overlay 5.3 miles of U.S. 71 extending southward from Mena.

APAC-Central Inc. of Fayetteville was awarded the contract at $1,667,638.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting, with a completion expected in mid-2019.