Arkansas Transportation

Highway Construction
9:47 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Interstate 30 Lane To Close During Little Rock Maintenance

Interstate 30

Arkansas highway officials say a lane closure is planned on Interstate 30 in the Little Rock metro area. Maintenance work on a median wall will require closure of the westbound inside lane just south of the I-30/I-630 interchange in Little Rock to just south of the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock.  The lane is to be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The timing of the work could change if there is bad weather.   

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Amtrak Passenger Service In Hope
12:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Amtrak Adds New Stop For Passenger Service In Hope, Arkansas

Amtrak Texas Eagle Passenger Train

The completed retrofit of a loading platform at the historic train depot in Hope has finally attracted Amtrak passenger service. 

Thursday, officials in the community commemorated the first day of the new service with fireworks and fanfare. Mark Keith, the director of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, was one of about 150 people who took the first train ride to Texarkana on Amtrak's new Texas Eagle service leaving from Hope.

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Broadway Bridge
9:29 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Public is Invited to Design Public Hearing for Broadway Bridge Today

Plans for replacing the Broadway Bridge are the topic of a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. today in North Little Rock.

Do you have something to say about design proposals the Broadway Bridge?

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will conduct a design public hearing to present and discuss the proposed design of the Highway 70 Arkansas River Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, tonight (March 28) at the Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock.

The public is invited to stop by anytime from 4 and 7 p.m. during the open house to view the exhibits, ask questions and share their comments and concerns.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

New Airline Adds Nonstop Flights From Little Rock To Orlando

Allegiant Air

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock is getting a new carrier that will offer nonstop jet service. Allegiant Air will have flights from Little Rock to Orlando, Florida beginning June 6th. 

Shane Carter with the Clinton National Airport says this is a good opportunity for families and business travelers who want to get to Orlando without making connections in other cities. 

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Train Collision Update
6:29 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Engineer Released From Hospital After Arkansas Train Crash

Union Pacific

Union Pacific says the engineer who was injured in a train collision in north Arkansas over the weekend has been released from the hospital.

Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says the railroad doesn't yet know why a northbound train crashed Saturday into a parked locomotive near McRae. An investigation is ongoing.

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Amtrak In Hope
6:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Amtrak Selling Tickets For Hope Service

Amtrak train.

Amtrak says it is selling tickets for its new service in Hope. The stop at the hometown of former President Bill Clinton begins April 4. 

Local officials are planning a ceremony to mark the service later in the spring. The westbound Texas Eagle is to depart Hope daily at 5:09 a.m. with stops in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. The eastbound train will leave at 9:18 p.m. daily with stops in Little Rock, St. Louis and Chicago.

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Truck Accident
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Crews Continue To Repair Damage From Thursday's I-40 Accident

Highway officials say the whole support structure where a tractor-trailer hit a bridge in the fiery accident Thursday will have to be replaced.

Spokesman Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said the Young Road overpass near the Crystal Hill exit on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock is expected to be re-opened Friday evening with 200 tons weight restrictions.

Drinking & Driving
1:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

State Police To Increase Sobriety Patrols

Credit filckr.com

As  teenagers around the state begin to celebrate the end of the school year, Arkansas State Police will be on the look-out for intoxicated underage drivers. Spokeswoman Ann Whitehead says drivers can expect an increase in the number of patrols and roadway checkpoints in coming days. She says these actions are about safety.

“Car Crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens,” says Whitehead. “This is an especially important message this time of the year when many young people are on the road attending spring breaks and end-of-school activities such as proms and graduations.”

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11:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Hole goes clear through Cantrell Road viaduct

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Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.
An iPhone is pictured on the ground next to a hole in the Cantrell Road viaduct to offer perspective on its size. Motorists driving west on the Cantrell Road viaduct near Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood may have felt quite a jolt Friday after a sizable hole developed in one lane of the elevated roadway.
Highways
12:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

I-30/I-430 Interchange Topic of Public Meeting

I-630/I-430 "Big Rock" Interchange
Credit todaysthv.com

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning for another major highway redesign in the Little Rock area. After crews finish re-construction of the I-630/430 “Big Rock” interchange at the end of next year, contractors will bid on plans to revamp the I-30/430 interchange in southwest Little Rock. Nearly 100,000 vehicles travel through the interchange each day.

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