Arkansas Transportation

Local & Regional News
4:00 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Little Rock Included In National Train Day

People lined up Saturday to tour an Amtrak train on display outside Little Rock's Union Station.
Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

National Train Day was expanded this year to include Little Rock, with an event Saturday at the city's Union Station.

Families lined up on the platform to tour an Amtrak train that was on display. 

Jerry Driscoll and his family from Beebe had never been onboard an Amtrak train, only riding short tourist lines in recent years, and decided to see what cross country rail travel could be like.

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Local & Regional News
6:20 am
Fri May 10, 2013

$1.5 Million Awarded For Arkansas Trails Projects

Credit arkansashighways.com

Arkansas highway officials say $1.5 million in federal funding has been awarded for trails projects around the state. 

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department on Thursday announced the Recreational Trails Program funding would go to 30 different entities after receiving 45 applications requesting more than $3 million.

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Local & Regional News
6:15 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Frequent Changes Set For I-430/I-630 In Little Rock

Interstates 430 and 630 in Little Rock.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be frequent traffic changes at the construction zone where the interchange of Interstates 430 and 630 are being upgraded. 

The changes begin Wednesday night when westbound drivers on I-630 who want to get onto I-430 southbound will be detoured to the Shackleford/Hermitage intersection. That's instead of using the cloverleaf.

The detour will allow painting of steel girders and will be enforced between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday. The I-430 detour is the first of many changes planned over the coming month.

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Local & Regional News
6:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Highway And Road Work Continues In Little Rock

I-430/I-630 Interchange in Little Rock
Credit Creative Form Liners, INC

State highway officials say there will be nighttime lane closures in the week ahead at the construction zone at the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange. 

For safety, a lane on I-430 will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly through Friday morning. The southbound outside lane on I-430 will be closed to allow crews to paint steel bridges on structures above the travel lanes. No detours will be set up. The work is contingent on good weather. 

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Government Cuts Impact Airports
8:02 am
Mon April 22, 2013

No Big Delays At Arkansas Airports As Furloughs Start

Clinton National Airport spokesman Shane Carter watches a flight.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

No major flight delays are being reported at Arkansas airports on Monday as furloughs kick in for air traffic controllers. Flights were running smoothly Monday morning at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. 

Government budget cuts forced the Federal Aviation Administration to furlough its employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. Sunday was the first day the controllers were subject to the furloughs, which require workers to lose one day of work every other week.

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Study To Expand Arkansas 10
12:14 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Arkansas Highway Experts Continue With Plans To Widen Cantrell Road

Officials with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department are still drafting plans to widen Cantrell Road in Little Rock. 

Department spokesman Danny Straessle says recent findings from an improvement study of an 8-mile section of the road shows expansion is necessary to alleviate traffic congestion. 

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Highway Construction
10:14 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Construction Crews Close Lanes At Big Rock Interchange In Little Rock

I-430/I-630 Interchange in Little Rock
Credit Creative Form Liners, INC

Motorists traveling on Interstate 430 in west Little Rock should prepare for evening traffic delays, according to officials from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

For most of this week, work crews will be painting steel girders at the major construction site for the I-430 and I-630 Interchange, also known as the Big Rock Interchange. David Nilles with the highway department says there will be some lane closures. 

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Clinton Airport Dedication
2:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Bill And Hillary Clinton Expected In Little Rock For Airport Dedication Ceremony

Clinton National Airport
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Construction crews are nearing completion of Phase I renovation efforts at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

This first stage of development costs about $67 million and included extensive renovations to the ticket lobby, a state-of-the-art baggage system, and renaming the airport to honor the legacy of the former president and the former secretary of state.

Airport Commission Chairman Kay Kelley Arnold says the Clintons are expected to attend the official dedication ceremony on May 3. 

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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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