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.
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.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a lane of Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed this week.
The work will be on the arched bridge located between Chester Street and Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock. The work will require closing the westbound outside lane of the highway - which is also known as Cantrell Road - near the bridge.
The bridge was built in 1927 and is 135 feet long and 30 feet wide. The latest survey indicates an average of 15,500 vehicles use the bridge each day.
Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.
Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.
Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.
Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail.
That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory. Most Arkansas bridges considered both deficient and "fracture critical" are on county roads that are less traveled.
But eight are on significant federal highways and 11 are on Arkansas routes maintained by state transportation officials.
Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect a continued lane closure on Highway 10 in Little Rock.
The State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repairs on the roadway will require the westbound outside lane of Cantrell Road to be closed on the railroad bridge located just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock.
The closures will be in place Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, weather permitting.