Arkansas Transportation

Little Rock River Bridges Clear State Inspection

Aug 26, 2013

The state highway department says two bridges across the Arkansas River that were struck by loose barges over the weekend have passed another inspection.

Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Randy Ort says inspections Monday confirmed earlier assessments that there was no structural damage to the bridge supports.

An inspector checked the Interstate 30 bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Engine Trouble Prompts Emergency Landing In Little Rock

Aug 26, 2013

Officials say no one was injured when an American Airlines flight en route from North Carolina to Dallas made an emergency landing in Little Rock because of engine trouble.

Officials say the American Airlines MD-80 was en route to Dallas from Charlotte Sunday when one of the engines went out and the pilot decided to land in Little Rock.

Shane Carter, a spokesman for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, says emergency crews were on hand but the plane landed safely.

Arkansas Officials Identify Preferred Route In Conway

Aug 16, 2013

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says it has identified a preferred alternative for a new connection from Interstate 40 to Highway 25 in northwestern Conway.

Highway officials say the preferred route is about 1.1 miles long and will cost about $5.5 million to build, compared to 1.3 miles and $6.5 million for another option.

Officials say the preferred route will also relocate fewer residents than the other option.

The State Highway and Transportation Department will share costs for the new roadway with the city of Conway and Faulkner County.

I-40 Lane To Close In North Little Rock For Work

Aug 13, 2013

Arkansas highway officials say that pavement work on Interstate 40 will require crews to close a westbound lane of the highway in North Little Rock.

The work on the westbound outside lane is planned for Wednesday and Thursday at the Young Road Overpass, just east of the Crystal Hill overpass in the western side of the city.

Crews will be making repairs to a site damaged in a March 7 fatal accident in which a tractor-trailer struck the overpass support and caught fire.

Lane Closures Planned On I-430 In Little Rock

Aug 12, 2013

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says construction work will mean a lane closure on Interstate 430 in Little Rock.

The department says the inside, northbound lane of I-430 from the Kanis Road overpass to the I-630 interchange will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. starting on Monday.

The lane closing and work is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, weather permitting.

Workers are constructing of a permanent concrete barrier wall separating both directions of traffic on I-430.

Lane Of Highway 10 To Be Closed For Bridge Repair

Aug 12, 2013

A lane of Arkansas Highway 10 in Little Rock will be closed during the next several weeks for bridge deck repairs.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the westbound, outside lane of the highway - also known as Cantrell Road - will be shut down just west of Dillard's corporate headquarters from Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The department says work on the bridge is expected to continue for the next three weeks - except on Fridays and weekends - weather permitting until the repair work is complete.

Plan Would Bring New Use To Old Fort Smith Bridge

Aug 12, 2013

A bridge completed during World War II has been rediscovered in Fort Smith and parks officials plan to incorporate the structure into a nature trail.

The trail around Torraine Lake, also known as Stick Lake is at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Officials say the bridge was completed in 1941. The bridge area has been cleared of decades' worth of buildup of trees and brush.

The Southwest Times Record reports the bridge is on landfill property owned by Fort Smith. Domain Photos

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says bridge construction will require temporary overnight closures of eastbound traffic on Interstate 40 in Lonoke.

Workers will install five steel beams for a new bridge at the site. That will require occasional closures of all eastbound traffic at the Highway 89 overpass in Lonoke.

The five closures will not last longer than 15 minutes each. The occasional overnight closures will begin on Tuesday at 11 p.m. and continue until Wednesday at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Arkansas highway officials say construction is approaching completion near Conway to widen Interstate 40 but will continue nearer to North Little Rock.

The state is widening 23 miles of I-40 from four lanes to six lanes between Conway and North Little Rock.

Work on an eight-mile segment in Conway is to be completed by the end of the year but it will take several more years for the entire $135 million project to be finished.

Detour Expected This Weekend In West Little Rock

Aug 2, 2013
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas highway officials say there will be a detour at the Interstate 430/630 interchange this weekend in Little Rock.