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Order lifted

The Arkansas Department of Health has lifted boil orders placed Jan. 13 by the Van Buren County Water Association’s Max Gammill. The orders were precautionary measures because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of complete loss of normal system pressure.

Bacteriological samples take on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, and Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, were found to be safe and a satisfactory disinfectant level has been established throughout the distribution system, the department said in a news release. The water is therefor considered “safe” for human consumption as of Jan. 24.

Road work

The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Van Buren County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials and County Judge Roger Hooper.

The purpose of the project is to construct a new culvert on County Road 88 (Linn Creek Road). The work will be performed one-half mile south of Whistle Stop Road, southeast of Dennard.

Pace Construction Company, LLC of St. Louis, Mo., was awarded the contract at $1,049,500.

This county road project is funded through the State Aid Road Program established by the Legislature and administered by the State Aid Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

This program provides approximately $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing on the county road system.

Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete by this fall.

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