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Motorists warned of I-40 work zone congestion

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published July 12, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.

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This graphic provided by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department shows in red an I-40 construction zone that is slowing traffic between Memphis and Little Rock. In green and blue are suggested alternate routes to avoid the work zone.

— Motorists should consider avoiding Interstate 40 in Prairie County or at least allotting more time for a trip through the area because construction is slowing heavy traffic.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said Thursday that increased summertime travel has contributed to heavy congestion in the work zone between Little Rock and Memphis.

“We want motorists to be aware that the construction zone is there and to plan accordingly,” Highway Director Scott Bennett said in a news release. “Whether a driver chooses to stay on I-40 or use an alternate route, it’s going to take longer to travel between North Little Rock and West Memphis. Be aware of that, and factor it into your travel plans.”

The $56 million project features work on both sides of the interstate, leaving a single lane for through traffic in each direction for 10 miles near the White River bridge. Construction will continue through summer 2013.

Up to 40,000 vehicles travel through the work zone each day.

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panclan says... July 12, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

It would be nice if they'd just go ahead and increase I-40 to a 6-lane interstate between Little Rock and Memphis. There is enough traffic to warrant that, and it's only going to get worse. It doesn't matter whether or not there is construction, there are always delays on this stretch for one reason or another--flooding, accidents, bad weather, etc. It's so narrow in some spots that trying to pass a truck is next to impossible, especially if said truck is "wandering" out of their lane.

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Smiles says... July 12, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.

This I-40, 10 miles of construction, has BEEN going on for long time! Why the article(warning) now??
Here's an idea while construction continues......add a toll booth on both sides. 40,000 plus trucks and cars, X a couple of bucks, one way, would more than pay for itself, and future interstate repairs.
@zmama-you have great points, too! Agreed!

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Jack64 says... July 12, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.

Maybe Thay should get rid of the crews and get the army or navy seabes to do the work. I would bet that the work would of been done long ago!!!

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