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Lane closures on I-40 in 2 counties reset

By ArkansasOnline

This article was originally published January 27, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. Updated January 29, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

Construction work to widen Interstate 40 will require overnight lane closures in Faulkner and Pulaski counties starting Thursday, the state Highway and Transportation Department said in a statement.

For two weeks excluding weekend nights, traffic will be reduced to one lane between Palarm Creek, near the Pulaski/Faulkner county line, and the Morgan-Maumelle exit, or between mile markers 137 and 142.

The work had originally been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday nights, but freezing temperatures prompted a delay in the work, as crews will use a wet saw and runoff from it could create icy interstate conditions.

An I-40 westbound, inside lane will be closed from 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, and an eastbound, inside lane will be closed from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, the Highway Department said.

Traffic on I-40 will be open to two lanes in both directions during the day, the department said.

Crews are installing a temporary concrete wall in preparation for the interstate's widening from two to three lanes for five miles in each direction, highway officials said. The $21.4 million construction project is estimated to finish this summer, highway officials said.

Motorists are asked to be alert and cautious while traveling through work zones.

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Lakeview says... January 27, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.

What has to be done has to be done. For some of us who drove the old Highway between Little Rock and Conway, a "few feet" of trouble on the interstate is well worth any improvement. I would never reccomend it but just try that old highway.

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