Arkansas Transportation

Drone Amazon
AP / NPR.org

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing drones that it says will help it manage its warehouse inventory more efficiently, and which it says could be rolled out in the next six to nine months across its distribution centers.

Highways traffic Big Rock Interchange interstate
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Highway Commission is studying whether to add part-time toll lanes to Little Rock area freeways, a move that supporters said could alleviate traffic for commuters and help efforts to expand mass transit in the region.

The commission on Wednesday approved partnering with Metroplan, the planning organization for the central Arkansas area, to study adding "high occupancy toll" lanes to the region. The study will likely take six months to a year to complete.

Governor Signs Arkansas Highway Plan Into Law

May 23, 2016
Highway funding legislature
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislature finished up a three-day special session Monday that concluded with Governor Asa Hutchinson signing a $50 million state highway funding appropriation that was initially rejected by the Senate’s transportation committee.

Jeremy Gillam Arkansas House of Representatives
ArkansasHouse.org

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise nearly $50 million for the state's highways in the coming fiscal year.

The Senate on Monday approved by a 21-10 vote Hutchinson's proposal to tap into the state's surplus, investment returns and other funds to pay for the state's road needs. The measure now heads to Hutchinson's desk.

Lawmakers approved the plan shortly before adjourning a special session that began last week on the proposal.

Governor's Radio Column: Paving The Way

May 21, 2016
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R)
Governor's Office

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of May 20, 2016:

  We all learn from history and that includes Arkansas history.

In 1911, the Arkansas Legislature met for the first time in the new State Capitol. The building was still unfinished, but it was “finished enough” for legislators to meet for a general session.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) addressing the Arkansas General Assembly at the start of a special session.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's highway plan is headed toward a final vote in the Legislature, while a Senate-backed effort to limit the funding for one year appears dead.

The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee today endorsed Hutchinson's proposal to use the state's surplus, investment returns and other funds to raise nearly $50 million for road needs in the coming fiscal year.

The House approved the measure earlier today, and it's expected to go before the full Senate on Monday.

Metroplan / Metroplan

Convoys of cyclists will take to the streets of central Arkansas Friday morning as the kick off event for “Ditch the Keys” week. “Bike to Work” day is a national event, which has been incorporated into a regional campaign to draw awareness to, and improve air quality in Little Rock and the surrounding cities.

Metroplan, Rock Region METRO, Bicycle Advocates of Central Arkansas, and several other organizations are supporting the event by encouraging biking or walking to work.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) addressing the Arkansas General Assembly at the start of a special session.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A special session of the Arkansas Legislature is underway and the governor is still looking for more traction for his $50-million highway plan.

Highways traffic Big Rock Interchange interstate
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s highway plan is expected to have widespread support in the Arkansas House and Senate in the special session that starts Thursday. However, can the bill get out of a key Senate committee?

North Little Rock plane crash
KATV, Channel 7 News

A preliminary report says a small airplane that crashed at the North Little Rock airport, killing a flight instructor, may have lost engine power.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says pilot examiner Doyle Reynolds took over the controls of the twin-engine Cessna and was trying to land it safely when the plane crashed May 5. Reynolds, who had logged more than 12,000 flight hours, was killed in the crash.

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