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Category 9: Highway Improvements on Publicly Owned Land

2002 Excellence in Highway Design Awards

Category 9: Highway Improvements on Publicly Owned Land

Award of Excellence


Category 9: Highway Improvements on Publicly Owned Land Award of Excellence, image of project AR Forest Highway 65, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

AR Forest Highway 65,
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Designer:
Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Sterling, VA

Contractor:
Gilbert Central Corporation, Omaha, NE

Forest Highway 65 runs for 15 miles between Cass and Ozark, Arkansas. The project upgraded the existing roadway to provide adequate, safe passage for current and future traffic, as well as to provide a spectacular view. The gravel road was paved to accommodate growing traffic. The retaining wall was constructed with stones quarried just a half mile from the site, resulting in aesthetic benefits. This is an example of progress harmonizing with preservation.

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