Arkansas Transportation

Local & Regional News
10:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Two Civil Lawsuits Filed Over Arkansas Excursion Train Wreck

File photo of the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad train involved in the accident, as photographed at the Van Buren station in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two passengers on an excursion train that was struck head-on by another train in northwest Arkansas have filed civil lawsuits against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad.

Corliss Johnson of Rogers and Margaret Harkins of Lowell have filed separate lawsuits against the railroad in connection with the Oct. 16 collision. Fayetteville television station KHOG reports that both Johnson and Harkins say they paid $107 to ride the excursion train for a scenic tour.

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Local & Regional News
9:31 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Broadway Bridge Closure And Replacement Tentatively Set For 2016

The Broadway Bridge

A Missouri company selected to replace a central Arkansas bridge says a six-month closure is tentatively set to begin in May 2016.

Last month, Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri, won the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission to work on the Broadway Bridge. It crosses the Arkansas River and connects downtown North Little Rock with downtown Little Rock. The project is estimated to cost $98.4 million.

According to the contractor's preliminary project schedule, the new bridge is set to open in November 2016.

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Local & Regional News
5:48 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Five Critically Hurt After Trains Collide In NW Arkansas

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad excursion train involved in Thursday's crash, as photographed in June at the Van Buren station.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Authorities say a freight train has collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas, critically injuring about five people.

The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred Thursday near Winslow, about 175 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Washington County Emergency Management Director John Luther says 50 people were aboard the two trains, and 37 were able to walk away from the accident.

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Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Arkansas Highway Commission Accepts Bid For Improvements

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid of nearly $1 million for road improvements in Cabot and Maumelle.

The commission announced Monday that it awarded a $977,000 contract to Cranford Construction Co. of North Little Rock for the projects. Construction is set to begin within the next two to four weeks with completion planned by the end of the year.

The improvements include resurfacing 5.4 miles of roadway in Cabot and 1.3 miles of roadway in Maumelle.

Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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Local & Regional News
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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