Arkansas Transportation

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6:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bid To Replace Little Rock Bridge Is Accepted

Broadway Bridge

A $98.4 million dollar bid has been accepted for the replacement of the Broadway Bridge that crosses the Arkansas River and connects downtown North Little Rock with downtown Little Rock.

The Arkansas Highway Commission and Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said Friday they have accepted the bid from Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

The project is the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission.

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11:09 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Missouri Firm Submits Lowest Bid For Broadway Bridge Project

The current Broadway Bridge

A Missouri construction company has submitted the lowest bid to replace a bridge over the Arkansas River to Little Rock.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports if state highway officials accept the $98.4 million bid by Massman Construction Co., the bridge should be out of commission for no more than six months.

Massman Construction Co. said in its bid documents that it expects the project to take about 2 1/2 years to complete.

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11:33 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Transportation Officials Set Meetings On Arkansas State Rail Plan

State highway officials plan two public meetings for later this month to discuss Arkansas' long-term plan for rail service. The meetings are set for Sept. 23 in North Little Rock and Sept. 25 in Fort Smith.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is now coordinating the development of a statewide rail plan involving passenger and freight service.

Additional meetings are also planned in October in West Memphis, Monticello and Texarkana.

Local & Regional News
2:36 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Arkansas Highway Officials To Open Bids On 47 Projects

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is set to open bids on 47 road and bridge projects totaling an estimated $303 million.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports three of the projects are expected to account for nearly two-thirds of the total cost. The Broadway Bridge replacement and 17-mile Interstate 40 rehabilitation are expected to exceed $80 million, while the third high-profile project, the widening of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and Conway, is estimated to cost $30 million or more.

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8:27 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Arkansas River Trail Adds 'Emergency Medallions'

Signs are being placed on the Arkansas River Trail in central Arkansas to help emergency responders find people need help while on the trail.

The Arkansas River Trail Task Force says the "emergency medallions" will include a set of initials and numbers that are coded to longitude and latitude coordinates.

Callers can tell 911 dispatchers the initials and numbers to indicate their location on the trail.

Over 100 medallions will be installed along the Arkansas River Trail loop in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pulaski County.

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8:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Dedication Set For New Conway Airport

Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Senators, Federal Aviation Administration officials and other dignitaries are scheduled to help dedicate the new Conway airport.

Friday's event will include multiple landings from area aircraft and a tour of the new terminal, among other events at the dedication.

Conway officials say U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, Congressman Tim Griffin, Mayor Tab Townsell and others are expected at the afternoon event.

The new airport will be known as Cantrell Field and will be located in the Lollie Bottoms area of Conway.

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6:00 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Conway's New Airport Set To Open This Week

Conway city officials at the 2011 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Conway airport.
Credit Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

After three years of construction work, Conway’s new airport is opening this week. A dedication ceremony is set for Friday, but planes will begin using the new facility in the city’s Lollie Bottoms area Monday.

It's on 430 acres and replaces an airport in the center of town that was about a third that size and had opened 1928. But as Conway grew around it, space was severely limited, with officials long considering a new location.

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9:02 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Some Arkansas Roadway Lanes To Be Closed During Holiday

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is advising that lanes on some interstates and highways will be closed during the coming Labor Day holiday weekend.

The AHTD says lanes in both directions of Interstate 40 at West Memphis in Crittenden County and Russellville in Pope County will be closed and that a westbound lane of I-40 will be closed at Biscoe in Monroe County.

A lane of I-530 in both directions will be closed at Hensley near the Pulaski/Saline County line and a lane of U.S. 67 in both directions will be closed at Bald Knob in White County.

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10:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Up To 33 Bakken Oil Trains Cross Arkansas Each Week

Tanker cars, which often carry potentially hazardous oil.
Credit Rennett Stowe / Wikimedia Commons

Records on file with Arkansas' emergency managers show that as many as 33 trains carrying Bakken crude oil pass through the state in a given week.

Each train carries at least a million gallons - five times as much crude oil that spilled in Mayflower in March 2013.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, The Associated Press obtained correspondence railroads shared with the state in June. The railroads objected to the materials' release, but federal regulators said the information wasn't "security-sensitive."

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9:41 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cleanup Continues At Site Of Arkansas Train Crash

Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

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