Arkansas Transportation

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a $5.9 million grant to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock to rehabilitate the Adams Field taxiway.

The funding was announced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman and Rep. French Hill.

The project calls for improving 2,500 feet of the existing Taxiway A pavement.

Airport director Ronald Mathieu said the grant will pay for upgrades that will accommodate larger cargo aircraft that are sometimes diverted to the airport.

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced on Friday the recipients of more than $17.8 million devoted to improving biking and walking infrastructure around the state. Funds from the Transportation Improvement Program (TAP) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) are available every year from the federal government and administered by the state agency. Eighty-six projects around the state were awarded funds ranging from $23,000 to $500,000.

Rock Region Metro transit buses CAT central arkansas transit
David Monteith / KUAR

A central Arkansas agency is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal funding to improve bus services.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced on Thursday nearly $211 million in funding nationwide as part of its bus and bus facilities grant program. The funding is targeted at purchasing new buses and improving and replacing bus-related facilities.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, which operates Rock Region Metro, is receiving $1.65 million to purchase compressed natural gas buses to replace older vehicles.

The Metroplan Board of Directors on Wednesday selected Conway Mayor Tab Townsell as the agency’s next executive director. He will replace current director Jim McKenzie, who announced he would retire at the end of this year. 

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Board of Directors of Metroplan, a regional transportation policy authority, on Wednesday approved a request from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to waive a six-lane limit to a 6.7-mile stretch of Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Rock Island Choctaw Station
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former employees of the Rock Island Railroad joined officials from the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service Monday, August 29, to unveil a vintage sign attached to the brick facade of what was the railroad’s longtime Little Rock passenger station. Today the two organizations, aligned with Bill Clinton’s neighboring presidential library, have offices in the restored building.

The structure was built in 1899 by the Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad, which was absorbed by the Rock Island during a hostile takeover in 1904. From the time of the building’s opening until the railroad stopped passenger service in 1967, "hundreds of thousands, millions of people I would imagine have come through this station," said Skip Rutherford, dean of the school, which is part of the University of Arkansas System. 

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

This week a group of county judges and mayors from around central Arkansas will consider lifting a six-lane limit to a 6.7 mile stretch of Interstate 30. The Board of Directors of Metroplan, a transportation planning authority, will likely decide the issue at its Wednesday meeting. 

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas highway officials say the nearly 94-year-old bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock will close Sept. 28 as crews demolish the span and work on its replacement.

Little Rock Port Authority French Hill
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Port of Little Rock will be undergoing a $6.1 million expansion enabling it to more easily move freight between river barges and trains. The project will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says will greatly expand the port's economic impact.

U.S. 67 highway department
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

Drive times for motorists between much of northeast Arkansas and the central and southern parts of the state should now be safer and faster.

The final section of the new U.S. 67 from Swifton to Walnut Ridge, and the four-lane expansion of Arkansas 226 that connects Jonesboro with U.S. 67 were officially dedicated Thursday.