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Lane modification should ease I-40 traffic in West Memphis, officials say

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This article was published March 14, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

Traveling through a construction zone on Interstate 40 in West Memphis should be smoother since a traffic-flow modification has been put in place, state highway officials say.

A news release from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department states that the I-40 westbound lane near the Mound City exit has been expanded from one to two, starting after the Mississippi River bridge.

The outside lane is to be used only by drivers exiting at Mound City, according to the release. Other motorists may continue on I-40 using the inside lane. The construction project, scheduled to be completed before the end of 2014, is to rehabilitate and reconstruct six bridges on Interstates 40 and 55 in West Memphis, highway officials said in the release.

Drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through the construction area.

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hogfan2012 says... March 14, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

They need to do something - it took four hours to get from Little Rock to West Memphis - probably would have been another hour to the River, but had to get off to go to the bathroom.....

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RonalFos says... March 14, 2014 at 9:07 p.m.

The highway dept does not build the roads in West Memphis sturdy enough to handle the traffic and they are always repairing or redoing this damned area. I have never seen the highways going through West Memphis not being under repair or being redone. For God sake, build these roads to specifications that will allow them to last under the punishing traffic they endure.

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GrimReaper says... March 16, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

I am sick of the constant construction and delays in the W. Memphis/Memphis areas. Both earlier comments are true, expecially the one by RonalFos. The MOST annoying are the delays, always with many, many orange barrels, and NO SIGNS OF CONSTRUCTION OR ACCIDENTS. For instance, the approach to the 'new' bridge going east on I40: they have had a lane closed on the right for months, and NOTHING has, or is being, done there, so why? Very, very poor planning by someone. Given the high traffic volume in this entire area, I am certain that any construction could be dealt with more adequately than now, and/or in the past.

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