Arkansas Highway Officials End Work On I-40 Near Hazen; Continue Other Projects

Jul 2, 2013

Interstate 40 between Little Rock and West Memphis has been the site of some major highway repair work and vehicle accidents, especially in the construction zone near the White River.

Flashback: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Drivers in stopped traffic near the White River Bridge on I-40 mill about for 5 hours, waiting for a major accident to be cleared.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Randy Ort with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says, after about 19 months road repair work, construction in that area will finally end this week.

“Sometimes when you restrict the lanes down to one lane, when you normally have two lanes of traffic, it can be very challenging and create congestion, some accidents, and mishaps,” Ort said. “The construction zone on I-40 in the area of the White River presented some challenges more than the usual construction zone just because of where it’s located. We’re very happy that project is wrapping up.”  

Ort says all lanes will be open in both directions on Interstate 40 near Hazen starting Tuesday evening just in time for the July 4th holiday travel season.

However, ongoing highway improvements elsewhere mean motorists should expect other lane closures and exercise caution when entering work zones.

Sections of roadway will be closed this week on I-530 in Jefferson County, I-540 in Crawford and Sebastian Counties, and U.S. 67 in White County.