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Ashdown city council members say Mayor Carroll McLarty can talk with Kansas City Southern railroad officials about plans to close some crossings in the city.

The railroad has suggested closing at least two of the town's crossings, where four people have died in train-vehicle accidents since 2009.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Tuesday that McLarty told council members that they owed it to the public to do so something.

Clinton National Airport
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Freezing rain, sleet and snow are forcing the cancelations of several flights at Arkansas airports. 

A dozen flights were canceled Friday morning at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, while six flights were canceled at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill. 

Another five flights were canceled Friday at Fort Smith Regional Airport. Much of Arkansas is under an ice storm warning or winter storm warning Friday as a large storm system hits the state.

Arkansas Highway Crews Prepare To Clear Slick Roads

Dec 6, 2013

Winter weather is expected to cause some problems for commuters as they try to navigate state roadways this weekend. Road crews are readying equipment so they will be prepared to treat icy highways in central Arkansas.

Danny Straessle works with the state highway department. He says a good mixture of sand and salt is on standby to aid de-ice efforts for area bridges and overpasses.

Arkansas highway officials are warning drivers that they could face construction zones and possible delays this week as more people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The State Highway and Transportation Department says lane closures along Interstate 40 in Russellville and Forrest City will be in place for the holiday.

There are also lane closures on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County at Osceola, on Interstate 530 at East End, on Interstate 540 at Fort Smith and on U.S. 67 at Bald Knob.

Over 80% of recently surveyed customers said they were satisfied with their travel experience at Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. 

The survey was released Tuesday and comes after receiving the title of “worst airport” in the country last month by Travel + Leisure  magazine.

Little Rock now ranks in the middle among about 100 airports across the U.S., says airport spokesman Shane Carter. 

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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Departmen

Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.

The Arkansas highway department says there are lane closures coming on Interstates 40 and 430 in the Little Rock metropolitan area.

Crews are preparing for the next phase of a construction project to widen I-40 between Conway and North Little Rock. The work was to have been done last week but was postponed by rainy weather.

The northbound inside lane of I-430 near the I-40 interchange will be closed on Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a lane of Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed this week.

The work will be on the arched bridge located between Chester Street and Dillard's corporate headquarters in Little Rock. The work will require closing the westbound outside lane of the highway - which is also known as Cantrell Road - near the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1927 and is 135 feet long and 30 feet wide. The latest survey indicates an average of 15,500 vehicles use the bridge each day.

Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County.

Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area. 

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says navigation will be closed near the bridge as workers move large equipment and conduct small controlled explosive blasts at the bottom of the lake.

Transportation officials say the temporary closures will be in effect from now through Nov. 8, except for Sundays.

Arkansas: 156 Bridges Deficient, Fracture Critical

Sep 16, 2013

Twenty state-owned bridges that carry upward of 100,000 vehicles daily are among 156 Arkansas spans that inspectors consider both structurally deficient and at risk for a catastrophe should a key component fail.

That's according to records in the National Bridge Inventory. Most Arkansas bridges considered both deficient and "fracture critical" are on county roads that are less traveled.

But eight are on significant federal highways and 11 are on Arkansas routes maintained by state transportation officials.

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