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A weekly column about Arkansas drivers and the roads they traverse.
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DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Builders on hook to fix Little Rock street ruin

posted: 07/14/2018 3:09 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: Our street, Stonewall Road between North University Avenue and North Pierce Street in Little Rock, has had four residential tear-down and rebuild construction projects going on for the past year. With all the heavy equipment (backhoes, cement trucks, 18-wheel delivery trucks, etc.) up and down the street continuously during this period, a huge pothole has developed. The curbing has been crushed in several areas. Gouges and scrapes are everywhere. Who is responsible for the repair of this street as construction finally moves toward completion? -- Dodging the Bumps

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Porta-potty at rest stop temporary

posted: 07/07/2018 3:34 a.m. Comments 3

Dear Mahatma: Really? Now there are portable toilets at the rest stop at the midway point of the beautiful new stretch of U.S. 70 between Benton and Hot Springs. Hope out-of-state travelers don't think that's how we live. -- Embarrassed

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: U.S. 67 has sign of next interstate

posted: 06/30/2018 5:30 a.m. Comment 1

Hey: You may have covered this and I missed it. We noticed signs on U.S. 67-167 saying the highway is the future route of Interstate 57. Any thoughts on this? -- Mr. Coffee

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Burrowing into name of a street

posted: 06/23/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Last week's column had a question about Pine Buro Road, a pleasantly obscure street off Cantrell Road where the stupendous new Interstate 430 on-ramp is located.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Left-lane cloggers do get tickets

posted: 06/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: I read where an Oklahoma law forbidding motorists on four-lane highways to impede traffic by traveling in the left lane resulted in dozens of citations since going into effect last year. Sixty people were cited for violating the "left lane" law during the first three months it was enacted. Too bad they never ever issue these tickets in Arkansas. -- Grumpy Old Coot

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Speed limit 60 mph on U.S. 70 leg

posted: 06/09/2018 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Recently heard the speed limit will bump up on the renovated U.S. 70 to Hot Springs from its connection with Interstate 30. What do you hear? -- CC

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Potholes of aristocracy not favored

posted: 06/02/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Bwana of the Byways: I live in a working class Little Rock 'hood. When the city fills the potholes, they plop down some asphalt and run. The truck hardly stops. The patch lasts until it rains. In ritzier areas, I see nice squares cut and careful patches made. Am I a victim of class oppression? -- Let's Marx Together

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Exhaust on big rig annoyed + question about I-430 sign

posted: 05/26/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: As I was passing an 18-wheeler on the interstate, its exhaust note rattled my windows. Its exhaust pipes were huge. I noted no mufflers. Having spent 40-plus years in trucking I feel qualified to say this truck did not meet A.C.A. 27-37-601. Add an engine exhaust brake, and some trucks can be heard for upwards of one mile. Why has law enforcement stopped enforcing this law? Perhaps you might provide insight? -- Noised Out

Drivetime Mahatma: Speeders' phone data not tapped

posted: 05/19/2018 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: You have written about how the Arkansas Department of Transportation uses a Google service to track the speed of vehicles via cellphones in those vehicles, and then uses the data to tell users of the iDrive website when highways are in slowdown mode. Does the Arkansas State Police use the same or similar program for speed enforcement? -- Cynical Guy

Drivetime Mahatma: Van spaces in lots soon decals-only

posted: 05/12/2018 2:44 a.m. Comments 9

Dear Mahatma: Parking is difficult for us in wheelchairs who need a wide area to open our lifts. The law that says van-accessible spots are for those who use wheelchairs was improved by Act 799 of 2017. Decals are now required to park in van-accessible spots. The law will be enforced starting Jan. 1. Any exposure you can give is appreciated. -- Carol

Drivetime Mahatma: Temp tags get abused across U.S.

posted: 05/05/2018 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I have found the ongoing discussion on temporary tags very timely. After a 1,200-mile trip recently, I was surprised how many paper tags are out there in the states I traveled. -- Kathleen

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: I-30's holes on summer repairs list

posted: 04/28/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma, one with knowledge of all things: Can you predict if Interstate 30 north of the Arkansas River bridge will ever have the potholes, buckles and cracks repaired, including the I-30 and Interstate 40 interchange on- and off-ramps? Or must we who have blown tires and bent rims wait until we reach our golden years when and if ever when the new mega-interstate is built? -- Old Jerry

Drivetime Mahatma: A theory: Scofflaws tax-addled

posted: 04/21/2018 3:24 a.m. Comments 2

A wise perceptive letter was printed on the Voices page the other day. It was written by John Brayman of Little Rock. He remarked on our column about people who drive with expired temporary tags. Our advice was to get information from the tag, visit a city attorney and ask that a warrant be issued.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: U.S. 67/167 'corduroy' on fix-it list

posted: 04/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Is there any plan to repair or reconstruct the outside (truck) lane between Cabot and Searcy on U.S. 67/167? Some of it has become quite corduroy in places and very rough to drive on. -- Letter Writer

Drivetime Mahatma: DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Left turns on avenue often blind

posted: 04/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Sir: Why is it so difficult to see to turn left heading south on University Avenue. If there is a car in the opposite turn lane you must wait until it has turned to see. My main difficulty is between 12th Street and Asher. -- Derek






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