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Former Highway Commission Chair Ron Harrod Dies at 75

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Former Arkansas State Highway Commission chair Ron Harrod of Warren died Thursday at age 75, the state Department of Transportation announced.

Harrod served on the commission from 1983-1993. He was appointed to the commission in 1983 by then-Gov. Bill Clinton.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said Harrod “worked diligently for the betterment of Arkansas highways throughout his 10-year term on the Commission.” During his term, more than 3,200 highway projects were undertaken at a cost of more than $2 billion. More than 9,000 miles of roads and more than 900 bridges were constructed, replaced or improved.

“Commissioner Harrod selflessly dedicated a decade of his life to improving Arkansas’ highways and bridges,” said Lorie Tudor, director of the department. “We are immensely grateful for his service to our state and the legacy he left behind.”

Harrod also served on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the Prescott School Board, and the Arkansas Insurance Commissioners Licensing Advisory Board. He was also president of his own public affairs firm.

The family will have a private celebration of his life at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home of Arkadelphia.

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