Arkansas Transportation

Phillip Taldo
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he will name Philip Taldo of Springdale to the Arkansas Highway Commission, effective next month. Taldo will replace Frank Scott Jr. of Little Rock.

Taldo currently serves on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The governor said in a statement that economic development and highways go hand-in-hand and that Taldo would bring the necessary experience to his role on the Highway Commission.

The appointment runs for 10 years.

Taldo said he was humbled and excited by his selection.

Officials say an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Indianapolis was forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas after a passenger's electronic cigarette "malfunctioned" and started a small fire.


American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein says none of the 137 passengers or five crew members was injured, adding that crew members quickly extinguished the fire. The flight made the emergency landing Thursday afternoon at Little Rock's Clinton National Airport.


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Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The panel also blamed an automatic horn that improperly reset alarms and the railroad industry's slow adoption of a system to stop trains automatically.

Emergency crews are responding to a train derailment in south central Arkansas involving at least 15 cars, including one carrying propane. No injuries were reported.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Melody Daniel says the derailment happened after 4 p.m. Friday near the small town of Altheimer.

Daniel says some cars have been overturned while others are piled on top of one another. She says the propane is not leaking from one of the cars and Jefferson County emergency crews have contained the scene.

Broadway Bridge
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Construction work to replace the U.S. Highway 70 Broadway Bridge will prompt closure of the Arkansas River on two days next week.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says one of the remaining two footings that supported the steel navigation arch will be detonated Monday at about 4 p.m.

Monday's demolition work on the Broadway bridge will close the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rock Region Metro transit buses CAT central arkansas transit
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Rock Region Metro is joining several other public transit organizations across the nation who hope to help voters on election day.

With candidates from all parties encouraging people to vote, residents of central Arkansas are being offered free bus rides on election day. A handful of cities in the U.S. have tried similar programs, but Jarod Varner, executive director Rock Region Metro, says this is the first time for such a service in central Arkansas.

Broadway Bridge
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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says another round of explosives will be detonated on part of what's left of the Broadway Bridge that connected Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Broadway Bridge
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Explosives brought down two of three Broadway Bridge arches a day after detonation was postponed because of lightning.

Explosives placed in holes drilled in the arches were detonated at 8 a.m. Saturday, however one arch withstood the blast.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials say crews will use barges to bring down the arch.

On Tuesday, workers used explosives to try and take down an arch, but the structure stayed put. It took about five hours for crews to bring it down by attaching a cable to the bridge and pulling it down.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Workers are postponing Friday's planned implosion of the remaining arches of the Broadway Bridge because of lightning in the area.  

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

It turns out a 93-year-old bridge deemed structurally deficient wasn't so weak after all.

Despite triggering explosives to bring down the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock on Tuesday, a demolition crew needed five hours to fell the structure. Severing the steel arch and bridge deck should have taken about 30 seconds.