Arkansas Transportation

Local & Regional News
8:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Recovery To Begin For Sunken Barge In Mississippi River

Salvage operations for a barge that overturned and sank last week in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas are expected to begin.

Spokesman Richard Wheatley for Kinder Morgan says recovery of the submerged vessel will begin Tuesday and should end Friday, depending on the weather. Wheatley says steel coils that fell into the water need to be removed before the boat is raised.

Arkansas Transportation
6:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Plan Launched To Improve Bicycling in Arkansas

Robert Patten, senior designer with Toole Design, and Ron Copeland, director of UALR Partnership, look at maps during Wednesday's meeting.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A series of public meetings are being held around Arkansas, as officials work to develop a state plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian availability.

“I think our main goal is to find out from the people what are some of the bike and pedestrian issues," Robert Patten, a national planner with Toole Design Group, told  a small gathering Wednesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He said they're considering issues like safety and access for people wanting to be able to bicycle in areas that may not have dedicated lanes or bike trails.

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Damaged Bridge Stops Barge Traffic On Arkansas River

Barge traffic is shut down on the Arkansas River in western Arkansas after damage was discovered on a railroad bridge.

Officials say two broken cables tilted the northern end of the bridge in between Fort Smith and Van Buren. Train crews discovered the dysfunctional rail late Monday when a northbound train was heading back from Fort Smith.

The cables are used to raise and lower the bridge.

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Local & Regional News
4:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Highway Officials Accept Bids On Two Projects

Arkansas State Highway commissioners have accepted two bids that total nearly $3 million for road improvements in Pulaski County.

The commission met Monday in Little Rock and approved a $2.2 million bid from Redstone Construction Group, Inc. of Little Rock to widen Scott Hamilton Drive between Interstate 30 and Baseline Road in southwest Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
1:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Ashdown Council Allows Mayor To Talk With About Deadly KCS Rail Crossings

A Kansas CIty Southern freight train passes through Ashdown in 2011.
Credit flickr

Ashdown city council members say Mayor Carroll McLarty can talk with Kansas City Southern railroad officials about plans to close some crossings in the city.

The railroad has suggested closing at least two of the town's crossings, where four people have died in train-vehicle accidents since 2009.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Tuesday that McLarty told council members that they owed it to the public to do so something.

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Local & Regional News
6:58 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Flights Canceled At Arkansas Airports During Storm

Clinton National Airport
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Freezing rain, sleet and snow are forcing the cancelations of several flights at Arkansas airports. 

A dozen flights were canceled Friday morning at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, while six flights were canceled at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. 

Another five flights were canceled Friday at Fort Smith Regional Airport. Much of Arkansas is under an ice storm warning or winter storm warning Friday as a large storm system hits the state.

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Local & Regional News
4:24 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Arkansas Highway Crews Prepare To Clear Slick Roads

Winter weather is expected to cause some problems for commuters as they try to navigate state roadways this weekend. Road crews are readying equipment so they will be prepared to treat icy highways in central Arkansas.

Danny Straessle works with the state highway department. He says a good mixture of sand and salt is on standby to aid de-ice efforts for area bridges and overpasses.

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Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Lane Closures Could Create Holiday Delays On Arkansas Highways

Arkansas highway officials are warning drivers that they could face construction zones and possible delays this week as more people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says lane closures along Interstate 40 in Russellville and Forrest City will be in place for the holiday.

There are also lane closures on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County at Osceola, on Interstate 530 at East End, on Interstate 540 at Fort Smith and on U.S. 67 at Bald Knob.

Local & Regional News
4:26 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Passenger Satisfaction Study For Clinton National Airport Positive

Over 80% of recently surveyed customers said they were satisfied with their travel experience at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. 

The survey was released Tuesday and comes after receiving the title of “worst airport” in the country last month by Travel + Leisure  magazine.

Little Rock now ranks in the middle among about 100 airports across the U.S., says airport spokesman Shane Carter. 

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Traveling In The Natural State
5:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Online Maps To Help Arkansas Drivers Avoid Congested Roads

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.

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