Arkansas Transportation

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.

Arkansas Governor Names Task Force On Highway Funding

May 6, 2015
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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday announced members of his working group on highway funding.

He announced at last week’s Arkansas Trucking Association convention that he would make his appointments within a week.

The group’s purpose is to involve the public in determining highway financing options. According to an executive order issued by Hutchinson, the working group will make recommendations by Dec. 15.

The members include:

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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's forming a 20-member working group to look at ways to address a shortfall of funding for the state's highways.

Hutchinson told the Arkansas Trucking Association on Thursday in Hot Springs that he signed an executive order earlier in the day to create the group. He told reporters he hopes to soon name his appointments to the group.

Hutchinson promised to create the working group after he opposed an effort during this year's Legislative session to gradually transfer tax revenue from automobile-related items to the highway system.

TAC Air Little Rock Airport
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The fixed base operator at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock have announced plans for a new terminal as part of an $11 million expansion project at the airport.

TAC Air said Monday in a news release that the new executive terminal will include a conference room, pilot lounge, flight-planning area, passenger waiting, theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas.

The new facility will be located next to the north terminal at the airport, which will be demolished after construction is completed to make room for additional hangar space.

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The Little Rock City Board of Directors is expected to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance which would impact future development in the city. The Complete Streets policy would require that when transportation improvement projects are planned within the city, consideration of all anticipated users be incorporated.

Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Tony Bozynski, has been involved with crafting the policy since 2013. He said, “Complete Streets is all about safety and to provide equal access for all users of the city’s roadways and all modes of transportation.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
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Officials at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport say a taxiway rehabilitation project is closer to completion after a redesign.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports another version of the rehabilitation plan for Taxiway B is up for approval at the Little Rock Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday. The initial plan was approved in 2009.

The Washington County quorum court in Arkansas is set to investigate claims that the Harvey Dowell Bridge in Fayetteville, as well as other bridges, were improperly built.

KHOG-TV reports George Braswell, who works for the county road department, sued the county last December alleging that reinforcing steel was improperly used in the Harvey Dowell Bridge's construction. He said crews dangerously deviated from the original engineering plans in order to meet deadlines.

Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge at KUAR during the 2014 May Primary run-off.
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The Arkansas attorney general's office has referred a request to investigate the construction of two Washington County bridges to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

In a letter to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she does not have jurisdiction to investigate concerns the Stonewall Bridge and the Harvey Dowell Bridge are unsafe. Rutledge referred the request to the Highway Department and noted other concerns should be addressed in court.

Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards has asked the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to inspect all county bridges built in the last 20 years.

Edwards sent a letter to Highway Director Scott Bennett asking for the inspections, her office confirmed Wednesday. KHOG-TV reports that Edwards also sent a letter to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, asking her office to investigate the safety of the Stonewall Bridge and the Harvey Dowell Bridge.

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New speed limits for big-rig trucks take effect Monday when Highway Department crews fan out around the state to take down the old signs.

The speed limit for trucks will now be the same as it is for cars in Arkansas—70 miles-an-hour on most interstates. Since 1996, trucks traveling in Arkansas have had a speed limit of 65 miles-an-hour, five miles-an-hour slower than passenger vehicles. 

Highway Department Spokesman Danny Straesle said that caused congestion because trucks were unable to pass one another, stacking up cars wanting to go faster behind them. 

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