Arkansas Transportation

Scott Bennett Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposal to raise about $50 million in order to qualify for nearly $200 million in federal funds has the support of Arkansas highway officials, but they aren’t ruling out supporting other proposals.

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia) after presenting his "challenge" to spread broadband to every parcel of Arkansas.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

At least three legislative proposals are being floated for a highways-focused special session planned for May 19, but on Tuesday the speaker of the House said it’s doubtful a consensus can be developed on any of them before the session begins.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a plan that will raise about $50 million a year in order to make the state eligible for $200 million in federal funds as part of the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

Amtrak derailment
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An Amtrak train headed for San Antonio is delayed after the wheels of one car left the track in southern Arkansas.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the wheels of the car on the eight-car train came off the track about 12:30 p.m. in Hot Spring County just east of Malvern - about 50 miles south of Little Rock.

Magliari said the train did not derail and no one was injured. He said the train, known as the Texas Eagle, carried 81 passengers and a crew of nine.

Arkansas Senate
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Arkansas lawmakers are to formally adjourn the bi-annual fiscal session of the legislature Monday, with a general consensus that it was a productive, bi-partisan effort.

Last week included passage of a formal budget for the coming fiscal year. The start of the session saw debate and eventually approval of legislation to allow Arkansas to accept federal healthcare dollars to continue the state's Medicaid expansion plan, providing coverage for more than a quarter million low income residents.

Authorities have identified the person who was killed in a small plane crash at North Little Rock Municipal Airport.

North Little Rock Police say 56-year-old Doyle Reynolds of Jefferson died in the crash Thursday afternoon. Another person in the plane, 30-year-old Daniel Shure of Benton, Washington, was injured when the Cessna 310 crashed.

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One person is reported dead following a plane crash at the municipal airport in North Little Rock.

North Little Rock city spokesman Nathan Hamilton said one person died in the crash of a Cessna 310 about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. He said a second person in the plane was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

A Cessna 310 is a six-passenger, twin engine aircraft, according to Cessna's website.

Police told reporters at the scene that after the plane crashed it hit a fuel tank by the Central Arkansas Water facility and firefighters were called to the scene.

David Monteith / KUAR

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is making a second attempt at a federal grant that would bring an estimated $14.5 million for renovations on University Avenue.

The school's application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation was unsuccessful in 2015. UALR's chief government relations officer, Joni Lee, said she's hopeful a few changes will yield a positive result this year.

A rendering of an expanded I-30 corridor in downtown Little Rock.

The public is invited to review differing plans for an expansion of Interstate 30 in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock Tuesday night.

Arkansas Department of Highway and Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle says officials will present miniature models and share the latest possible plans, including an either eight or 10 lane increase from the existing six lane road.

David Monteith / KUAR

City streets in central Arkansas can sometimes be a dangerous place to be a pedestrian. Local leaders hope to reduce the number of accidents between vehicles and people crossing busy streets by promoting Pedestrian Safety Awareness month.

At a press conference Monday near Little Rock's most dangerous intersection to cross, Mayor Mark Stodola said, “More pedestrians were involved in vehicle crashes on a half-mile stretch of Broadway here in downtown Little Rock than any other street in central Arkansas, which is of course why we are here today.”

hutchinson medicaid
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Failure to pass his Arkansas Works program could lead to the cancellation of a planned special session for highways, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.