Arkansas Transportation

Road crews will close an exit to the Baptist Health complex in Little Rock this weekend during work on an access ramp.

The exit from Interstate 630 eastbound and Interstate 430 northbound will be closed Saturday and traffic diverted to nearby Barrow Road. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Wednesday that workers will remove a temporary barrier wall and mark the pavement as work approaches an end around the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock.

A rendering of future renovations of Robinson Auditorium Center Music Hall.
City of Little Rock

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says renovation work at Robinson Center Music Hall will close a portion of Highway 10 in Little Rock. The renovation work will require closing eastbound and westbound lanes on Friday at 7 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 a.m., weather permitting. 

Eastbound lanes will be closed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on each day, weather permitting. State highway officials also say that improvements to Interstate 30 will require a lane closure in Saline and Hot Spring County.

Congressman Crawford: Highway Bill Just Needs Funding

May 27, 2015

A new version of the 2012 federal highway authorization law quickly could be passed with few changes out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., a committee member. The problem is finding a way to pay for it.

A proposal to change Arkansas' driving while intoxicated law to prevent losing more than $50 million in federal highway funds is heading to the state Senate for a vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to make DWI an offense for which prosecutors don't have to prove intent. The measure would only apply to alcohol-related DWI offenses.

An earlier version of the proposal had failed before the panel on Tuesday.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

A measure filed Thursday by Arkansas's Fourth District Representative would direct expanded Medicaid funds to the ailing Federal Highway Trust Fund. Republican Bruce Westerman's bill would direct expanded medicaid funds to the Fund. The bill would lower the amount the federal government contributes to state Medicaid programs, expanded under the Affordable Care Act, by returning the federal matching rates to pre-expansion levels.

House Passes Highway Bill Extension, Supported By Arkansas Delegation

May 20, 2015

Faced with the expiration of the federal highway funding law and the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the stopgap Highway Transportation Funding Act to continue highway funding authority through July.

The vote was 387-35 in favor of passing the extension. All four members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation voted yes. The bill next goes to the Senate.

Record Numbers Expected To Travel The Highways This Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2015
Interstate 30
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Rising pump prices apparently won’t deter Arkansas travelers and other vacationers across the nation from hitting the busy roads heading into the upcoming Memorial Day weekend on May 25, the official kick off of the summer driver season.

In its annual Memorial Day travel forecast, the AAA predicts that automotive travel this Memorial Day holiday will be up 5.3% to 37.2 million travelers compared to last year’s holiday weekend, which would be the highest volume in 10 years.

David Monteith

Plans intended to make South University Avenue safer and more attractive are to be voted on Tuesday by the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Rep. Jett: 25% Of Surplus Funds Could Be Dedicated For Highway Funding

May 17, 2015
Rep. Joe Jett
Talk Business & Politics

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says federal funding for the state's highway projects will end May 31.

AHTD Director Scott Bennett said Tuesday that he's received a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx that says the Federal Highway Administration will not be able to make payments of federal-aid funds to the states.

Bennett said highway officials were expecting the news unless Congress approved a highway funding program.