Arkansas Transportation

Broadway Bridge
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

State highway crews are temporarily shutting down another roadway as workers continue demolishing the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Highway crews are shutting down a road in downtown North Little Rock as workers continue demolishing the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says Riverfront Drive will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. Friday between Karrott and Willow streets. The road will reopen Monday at 6 a.m.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A 93-year-old bridge that connects Little Rock and North Little Rock has seen its last morning commute. 

The Broadway Bridge was closed to vehicle traffic Wednesday  as crews prepared to replace the span over the Arkansas River. Members of the state Highway Commission and local officials marked the historic bridge's closure with a ceremony. 

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Final preparations are being made before the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock closes Wednesday. It will then be demolished, with a new bridge built in its place, hopefully opening within six months. But in the meantime, officials fear having one less span across the Arkansas River will lead to traffic gridlock.

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.

In Arkansas

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.