Arkansas Transportation

Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Mon July 1, 2013

New Highway Tax To Take Effect In Arkansas

Arkansas's sales tax jumps by half a cent Monday with the proceeds funding state highway improvements.

Voters OK'd the temporary tax last year to help address a shortfall in highway funds. The $1.8 billion raised will be added to other revenue to provide $6 billion in road funding during the next decade.

State highway officials say Arkansas needs about $23 billion to tackle all the necessary projects. With the increase, Arkansas' new sales tax rate will be 6.5 percent.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Lane Of I-55 To Close Temporarily In East Arkansas

Highway officials say a lane of Interstate 55 in eastern Arkansas will close temporarily as crews repair a message board in Crittenden County.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says crews will work on an electronic message board at the 13-mile marker in Jericho.

The department says the southbound, inside lane of I-55 will be closed Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., weather permitting.

Local & Regional News
5:51 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Big Rock' Interchange Lane Detours In Little Rock

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says construction on the Interstate 430/630 interchange in west Little Rock will mean continued detours in the area known as "Big Rock."

The department says workers are painting future flyover ramps and the work will prevent access to the northeast and southeast loop ramps. This means northbound drivers in I-430 who want to go west on Financial Center Parkway or Chenal Parkway will have to take the Shackleford Road Exit.

Local & Regional News
12:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bike Lane Debate Continues At Town Meeting

Maggie Carroll/KUAR News

The City of Little Rock is considering reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street between Interstate 630 and Roosevelt Road and adding bike lanes in order to calm traffic. People on both sides of the issue gathered together Thursday night at the Rufus K Young Church on South Main to discuss.

Residents, store owners, commuters, and bike riders were among those at the meeting who voiced opinions on the proposed bike lanes. The “road diet” as the city calls the project, involves reducing the road to three lanes and adding two bike lanes.

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Local & Regional News
11:53 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Potential Bike Lanes On South Main Street Spark Debate

Credit In Arkansas

The City of Little Rock is holding a meeting Thursday to consider reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street to add bike lanes and calm traffic. 

Cycling enthusiasts are not the only ones interested in the potential bike lanes.  Residents and officials are on both sides of the debate are speaking up on the issue.

Bud Laumer is an instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and professor of sustainable land use planning and transportation at UCA.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Repairs To Affect Interstates 40, 440 In Arkansas

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repair work and paving will affect traffic on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas and I-440 in North Little Rock.

The department says paving on the west end of the White River bridge on I-40 in Prairie County will require that westbound traffic be detoured from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Traffic is being detoured off I-40 at exit 202 to Briscoe and onto Arkansas 33, then US 70 before being allowed back onto the interstate at the Hazen exit - exit 193.

Highway Closures
6:13 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Late-Night Painting Will Close I-430, I-630 Ramps

Credit arkansashighways.com / Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

Highway crews will close a pair of ramps at a busy intersection in west Little Rock that is undergoing major changes.

Ramps from northbound Interstate 430 onto Financial Center Parkway and Chenal Parkway will close overnight beginning Sunday night. Overnight closures will be in place until Friday morning.

At the same time, the ramp from eastbound I-630 onto northbound I-430 will be closed.

Workers are painting new flyover bridges being added to the Big Rock Interchange.

Traffic will be diverted to the Shackleford Road exit just south of the construction zone.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New Program For Locks Along Arkansas River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District has started a new program for recreational boaters on 11 of the 13 Arkansas locks along the Arkansas River.

The Corps says all but the Trimble Lock near Fort Smith and the Ozark Lock at Ozark are closed to recreational boaters from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday - with the exception of federal holidays.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Bridge Over I-30 In Little Rock Damaged, Closed

For safety reasons, Arkansas highway officials have closed an overpass that crosses Interstate 30 in Little Rock.

The highway department said Wednesday that a truck hauling a backhoe hit support beams of the Stanton Road bridge over the highway and damaged supports that hold up the structure.

Officials say traffic on I-30 is not affected but the overpass will remain closed until the damage can be assessed and repaired.

The bridge was built in 1960 and about 3,300 vehicles travel it daily.

Local & Regional News
6:03 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Highway 549 To Open To Traffic Wednesday

Credit arkansashighways.com

Arkansas highway officials say Highway 549 in Texarkana is set to open to traffic. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the highway that's part of the Interstate 49 corridor will open during the day Wednesday. The corridor will connect the Gulf of Mexico to Canada with part of the roadway crossing western Arkansas.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highway 549 in Texarkana was held April 30th with plans to open the road last week. However, poor weather conditions in the region contributed to a delay in opening the stretch to traffic. 

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