Arkansas Transportation

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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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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Testing To Close Lanes On I-40/I-430 In Metro Little Rock

The Arkansas highway department says there are lane closures coming on Interstates 40 and 430 in the Little Rock metropolitan area.

Crews are preparing for the next phase of a construction project to widen I-40 between Conway and North Little Rock. The work was to have been done last week but was postponed by rainy weather.

The northbound inside lane of I-430 near the I-40 interchange will be closed on Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Local & Regional News
5:38 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Bridge Painting In Little Rock Will Mean Lane Closure

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.

Local & Regional News
5:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Bridge Work To Limit Boat Navigation On Arkansas Lake

Greers Ferry Lake

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.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Arkansas: 156 Bridges Deficient, Fracture Critical

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Bridge Repairs Mean Lane Closure In Little Rock

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.

Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Bridge Repairs Mean Lane Closure In Little Rock

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.

Arkansas River & Infrastructure
3:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Little Rock River Bridges Clear State Inspection

The state highway department says two bridges across the Arkansas River that were struck by loose barges over the weekend have passed another inspection.

Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Randy Ort says inspections Monday confirmed earlier assessments that there was no structural damage to the bridge supports.

An inspector checked the Interstate 30 bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Local & Regional News
7:46 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Engine Trouble Prompts Emergency Landing In Little Rock

Officials say no one was injured when an American Airlines flight en route from North Carolina to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock because of engine trouble.

Officials say the American Airlines MD-80 was en route to Dallas from Charlotte Sunday when one of the engines went out and the pilot decided to land in Little Rock.

Shane Carter, a spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, says emergency crews were on hand but the plane landed safely.

Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Arkansas Officials Identify Preferred Route In Conway

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says it has identified a preferred alternative for a new connection from Interstate 40 to Highway 25 in northwestern Conway.

Highway officials say the preferred route is about 1.1 miles long and will cost about $5.5 million to build, compared to 1.3 miles and $6.5 million for another option.

Officials say the preferred route will also relocate fewer residents than the other option.

The State Highway and Transportation Department will share costs for the new roadway with the city of Conway and Faulkner County.

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