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Drivetime Mahatma by Frank Fellone
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A weekly column about Arkansas drivers and the roads they traverse.
Send your questions to Mahatma@arkansasonline.com

Drivetime Mahatma: Skiing OK in river? Yes, but ...

posted: 07/22/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Hey: We were admiring the Broadway bridge the other day from the Little Rock side and saw something we'd never seen before on the Arkansas River. A boat was pulling a water-skier. Seemed dangerous to us given the unpredictability of the river. Is this legal? -- River View

Drivetime Mahatma: Wheelchair lacks gear for streets

posted: 07/15/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: The other day an elderly man in a motorized wheelchair pulled up behind me at an intersection. He was so close to my pickup I could not see him in my mirrors. If I had backed up for some reason, I would have run him over. What are the rules regarding motorized wheelchairs on our streets and highways? -- Sand Man

Drivetime Mahatma: Why? Well 440 doesn't tie to 2 'I's'

posted: 07/08/2017 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Why isn't Arkansas 440 between Interstate 40 and U.S. 67 marked as an interstate highway, but instead is a state highway? -- Day Dreamer

Drivetime Mahatma: Bike lanes' use hinges on 'usable'

posted: 07/01/2017 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I forward to you a section of Little Rock city ordinance Chapter 32, Article VIII, Section 32-489. It says in the last sentence that if there is a usable path for bicycles adjacent to a roadway, bikers shall use such path and not use the roadway. -- Downtown Lawyer

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Overview of west Little Rock road widening project

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: Can you give us some sort of timeline on the widening of Kanis Road from Bowman Road to Gamble Road? An answer would be greatly appreciated. — Little Rocker.

Drivetime Mahatma: Rules let bikers shun bike paths

posted: 06/17/2017 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: You gave us a lot of information in last week's column but never answered the question. On the road in question, there are bicycle paths on both sides, but I have never seen a bicyclist use the paths at Two Rivers Park, which are separated from the road by drainage ditches. If there is a separate bike path, are bicyclists required to use it? -- Rita

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Rules tell when lane is bicyclists'

updated: 06/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Hey: We travel County Farm Road to Two Rivers Park and love the bike riders. But we don't understand why some don't use the bike lanes. One cyclist was in the road during a rainstorm and we could hardly see him. When there are two or more riding, they sometimes ride side by side across the whole lane of traffic. We respect bike riders, but they in turn need to respect us. -- Nancy

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Broadway Bridge's name now 'Veterans Memorial Bridge'

updated: 06/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Your column recently answered a question about the new bridge over the Arkansas River. The writer of the letter and you referred to the bridge as the Broadway Bridge while writing about the dedication. The bridge is named the Veterans Bridge. I hope that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will put large signs on each side so that people will remember. -- Russell

Drivetime Mahatma: Fair Park hogs circle, driver says

posted: 05/27/2017 3:20 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: I go through the new roundabout on Fair Park Boulevard at Zoo Drive several times a week. Each entrance has a yield sign. I assumed that meant that drivers would take turns entering the roundabout like they do at a four-way stop. I know a driver is not supposed to enter if a vehicle is already in the roundabout. So I sit on Zoo Drive while drivers entering from Fair Park never stop. What are the rules? -- Perplexed

Drivetime Mahatma: Readers put brakes on 75 mph

posted: 05/20/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Last week's column was about the idea of raising the state's speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstates. A bill passed in the recent legislative session says the state Highway Commission "may" do so, "Upon an engineering and traffic investigation."

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: 75 mph can go on signs: Should it?

updated: 05/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Dear Mahatma: So, when will the interstate speed limit increase to 75 mph? -- Richard in Conway

Drivetime Mahatma: Little Rock, North Little Rock see bloom of begging

posted: 05/06/2017 2:43 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Excellency of the Exit Ramps: Has the number of people with cardboard signs begging for money quadrupled? Getting off Interstates 430 or 630, they seem to be everywhere. Now they're at stoplights in west Little Rock. I read somewhere they couldn't be moved by police because they were exercising their First Amendment rights. How about my right to not be intimidated by a ragged guy bending over and looking in my window? "Homeless Veteran, Please Help," reads the sign. I plan to make my own, "Working Veteran. Leave Me Alone and Get a Job." -- Incensed at the Intersection

Drivetime Mahatma: Arkansas' roadsides all abloom

posted: 04/29/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Dear Fellow Retiree: My husband I recently drove to Key West. We noticed many interstate exits in Florida are beautifully landscaped with palms, magnolias and flowers. My first thought was Wow! Does the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department have a landscape budget? If not, can we get one and add magnolias, dogwoods, redbuds and flowers to our exits? -- Natural State Dreamer

Drivetime Mahatma: Turn lanes on bridge? By D-Day

posted: 04/22/2017 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Read your column. While happy for the opening of the Broadway Bridge and the dedication, a question. The furthermost left lane on the north side, as well as the right turn lane onto the bridge on the north side remain closed. Any word on when they might open? -- Grateful but Impatient

Drivetime Mahatma: Driver says lane's use ambiguous

posted: 04/15/2017 2:58 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: On University Avenue for most of the distance from Markham Street to well beyond Asher Avenue, what is the far right lane for? I think of that lane as a merge lane or exit lane. Over the past few years I have noticed that lane being used as a high speed passing lane. I feel a bit uncomfortable being passed on the right and even more so when they pass me on the right like I'm standing still. -- Lane Confused

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