Arkansas Transportation

House Passes Highway Bill Extension, Supported By Arkansas Delegation

May 20, 2015

Faced with the expiration of the federal highway funding law and the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the stopgap Highway Transportation Funding Act to continue highway funding authority through July.

The vote was 387-35 in favor of passing the extension. All four members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation voted yes. The bill next goes to the Senate.

Record Numbers Expected To Travel The Highways This Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2015
Interstate 30
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Rising pump prices apparently won’t deter Arkansas travelers and other vacationers across the nation from hitting the busy roads heading into the upcoming Memorial Day weekend on May 25, the official kick off of the summer driver season.

In its annual Memorial Day travel forecast, the AAA predicts that automotive travel this Memorial Day holiday will be up 5.3% to 37.2 million travelers compared to last year’s holiday weekend, which would be the highest volume in 10 years.

David Monteith

Plans intended to make South University Avenue safer and more attractive are to be voted on Tuesday by the Little Rock Board of Directors.

Rep. Jett: 25% Of Surplus Funds Could Be Dedicated For Highway Funding

May 17, 2015
Rep. Joe Jett
Talk Business & Politics

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says federal funding for the state's highway projects will end May 31.

AHTD Director Scott Bennett said Tuesday that he's received a letter from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx that says the Federal Highway Administration will not be able to make payments of federal-aid funds to the states.

Bennett said highway officials were expecting the news unless Congress approved a highway funding program.

Arkansas Governor Names Task Force On Highway Funding

May 6, 2015
Interstate 30
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday announced members of his working group on highway funding.

He announced at last week’s Arkansas Trucking Association convention that he would make his appointments within a week.

The group’s purpose is to involve the public in determining highway financing options. According to an executive order issued by Hutchinson, the working group will make recommendations by Dec. 15.

The members include:

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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's forming a 20-member working group to look at ways to address a shortfall of funding for the state's highways.

Hutchinson told the Arkansas Trucking Association on Thursday in Hot Springs that he signed an executive order earlier in the day to create the group. He told reporters he hopes to soon name his appointments to the group.

Hutchinson promised to create the working group after he opposed an effort during this year's Legislative session to gradually transfer tax revenue from automobile-related items to the highway system.

TAC Air Little Rock Airport

The fixed base operator at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock have announced plans for a new terminal as part of an $11 million expansion project at the airport.

TAC Air said Monday in a news release that the new executive terminal will include a conference room, pilot lounge, flight-planning area, passenger waiting, theater room, outdoor patio and pilot rest areas.

The new facility will be located next to the north terminal at the airport, which will be demolished after construction is completed to make room for additional hangar space.

complete streets bus bike lanes
David Monteith / KUAR News

The Little Rock City Board of Directors is expected to vote Tuesday night on an ordinance which would impact future development in the city. The Complete Streets policy would require that when transportation improvement projects are planned within the city, consideration of all anticipated users be incorporated.

Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Tony Bozynski, has been involved with crafting the policy since 2013. He said, “Complete Streets is all about safety and to provide equal access for all users of the city’s roadways and all modes of transportation.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

Officials at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport say a taxiway rehabilitation project is closer to completion after a redesign.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports another version of the rehabilitation plan for Taxiway B is up for approval at the Little Rock Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday. The initial plan was approved in 2009.