Arkansas Transportation

Interstate 30
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Half of Arkansans believe the condition of the state’s roads is “a major problem that deserves attention,” but 64% oppose raising motor fuels taxes to address it, according to a poll by Americans for Prosperity.

Forty-five percent strongly oppose a motor fuels tax increase, and half said a legislator’s support for an increase would make them less likely to vote for him or her. The group, which supports smaller government and lower taxes, surveyed 500 voters by phone, 30% of those by cell, Sept. 22-24.

Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Governor’s Working Group on Highways has been meeting for months to discuss possible solutions for short-term, medium-range and long-term funding goals to maintain and repair Arkansas highways. 

Currently, the task force is focused on short-term funding and is seeking to come up with approximately $110 million in new annual revenues for roads.

The Uber app connects passengers with drivers using personal cars who are not direct employees.

Arkansas officials are considering state regulations in an effort govern ride-sharing companies such as Uber.

A hearing was held Wednesday before the Public Service Commission to discuss the issue. The three-member board didn't take action, but it's expected to issue final regulations within the next two months. Regulations proposed by the commission must pass a legislative review before they become final.

Among the ideas being considered by the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding has been transferring some of the state’s 16,418 miles of roads to cities and counties.

The Association of Arkansas Counties doesn’t support the idea.

“Obviously, counties are in no position to absorb additional roads,” said Chris Villines, Association of Arkansas Counties executive director, in an association press release. “For the most part, we run a road maintenance program around the state, not one of new construction, and we can barely handle the 70,000 miles we currently have.”

cable barrier median

Transportation officials are trying to determine why an Interstate cable barrier didn't prevent a cross-median crash in central Arkansas.

The crash occurred Sept. 13 on Interstate 530 just north of Dixon Road in Little Rock. Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the barrier did "corral" the vehicle involved in the crash like it's supposed to, but the cables stretched farther than they should have.

Andy Davis
Talk Business & Politics

Highway funding has been more than a speed bump for policymakers to find a way to increase revenue while gas tax collections sputter and inflation keeps raising the price of construction. A governor’s task force is working on potential recommendations to try something new and it will meet again on Thursday to discuss options.

A pilot program by sobriety courts in two Arkansas counties will allow those with suspended driver's licenses to borrow bicycles for transportation.

Conway Planning and Development Deputy Director Wes Craiglow tells the Log Cabin Democrat that those who have a suspended license often have a family to support and may find it more difficult to do so without a vehicle to get to their job or to a grocery store.

Craiglow is seeking bike donations for the effort in Faulkner and Van Buren counties.

A son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was involved in a two-vehicle auto accident in Conway.

Conway Police on Thursday said a sport utility vehicle driven by 39-year-old William Hutchinson of Rogers collided with a pickup truck driven by 38-year-old Christopher Dickson of Conway.

A police report says Hutchinson was treated and released at the scene and that Dickson was hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

Arkansas and U.S. motorists will likely see pump prices continue to move lower for the rest of the year, and may well see local gas prices ratchet down near the two dollar level ahead of the holiday season, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s short-term energy outlook released Tuesday (Aug. 11).

David Monteith / KUAR

15 new buses running on compressed natural gas will roll onto the streets of central Arkansas later this week. The new buses are the visible face of an overall rebranding effort in which Central Arkansas Transit Authority will become known as Rock Region METRO.