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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: I-30 bypass via U.S. 67? Forget that

posted: 01/20/2018 2:49 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: To alleviate traffic congestion caused by the reconstruction of the Interstate 30 corridor, have the powers that be considered extending U.S. 67-167 south from its intersection with Interstate 40, building a new bridge over the Arkansas River, and connecting it to the east end of Interstate 630? If this was built first, the new route would greatly reduce traffic on I-30 during construction, then provide a permanent alternate route to downtown. -- Gayle

Drivetime Mahatma: I-30B idea looked at, round-filed

posted: 01/13/2018 2:27 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: Has anyone considered changing Interstate 440 into Interstate 30 east of North Little Rock? It's already three lanes and would be easy to widen. Then the current congested I-30 through downtown Little Rock could be I-30B. -- Judy

Drivetime Mahatma: Turn lanes for turning, not passing

posted: 01/06/2018 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I want clarification on the center turn lane on a four-lane street. I know it's for left turns and not intended as a travel lane. What about cars coming out of a business, wanting to turn left? Is it legal to use it as a staging lane while cars are legally passing by in the fast lane? I've had cars come in on my left, race by and cut in front of me. -- Nyle

Drivetime Mahatma: DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Department installing reflectors on I-30 to stop wrong-way crashes

posted: 12/30/2017 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: The Arkansas Department of Transportation has started installing reflective markers on both sides of the frontage roads on Interstate 30 between Bryant and Benton. Could you advise as to why? -- Southwest

Drivetime Mahatma: DRIVETIME MAHATMA: The grass is greener on west side

posted: 12/23/2017 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: I live in Little Rock's midtown but happened to drive out west not long ago. I noticed how nice and green and pretty are the medians that divide Chenal Parkway. They made those ugly, asphalt-covered dividers on University Avenue all the more unattractive. Why are we getting the landscape shaft? Is the city willing to replant those medians with something alive? -- Green with Envy

Drivetime Mahatma: Cable spot up to soil, road slope

posted: 12/16/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

While traveling Arkansas interstates, I've noticed retaining fences are close to one lane, but a few miles down the road they're close to the opposite lane. They seem to change at an overpass or small bridge over a low area. Why is that? Wouldn't it be safer if they put the retaining fences in the middle of the median? -- Just Wondering

Drivetime Mahatma: State quick to fix signs at on-ramp

posted: 12/09/2017 3:08 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: The new on-ramp at Cantrell Road and Interstate 430 is an engineering marvel, but signs directing traffic to the ramp are deceptive and dangerous. I followed the sign pointing to the right, rounded the bend at merging speed and was in somebody's driveway! I slammed on my brakes and narrowly avoided a terrible accident. The people living in that house must be tired of hearing screeching tires in their driveway! -- John

Drivetime Mahatma: Lawmen have rules on pursuits

posted: 12/02/2017 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: To catch a vehicle going 100 mph would require the chase car to be going faster than 100 mph, creating a second speeding bullet. -- Robert

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Wild driver on I-40 fair game for officer

posted: 11/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Hammurabi of the Highways: I saw an article in the paper about an Arkansas Game and Fish officer who pulled a man over for speeding in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 40. My reading of the Game and Fish Commission code book doesn't show that wildlife officers have this authority. Can you explain? -- Befuddled

DRIVETIME: Little Rock project on Cantrell Road is first of two

posted: 11/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I am thrilled to see the near completion of work on the westbound Arkansas 10 ramp onto northbound Interstate 430. But it appears this only solves half the problem, with still a need for stopping of traffic for northbound traffic onto westbound Cantrell. Why all this work for half a fix? -- Missing Something

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Reader asks what to do about 'maniac' speeding, weaving on I-430

posted: 11/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: I was driving north over the Interstate 430 bridge about 3:30 p.m. Traffic was heavy and slow, partly because of that big on-ramp project. All of a sudden, a driver in a white Jeep started weaving in and out of the three lanes. He even drove over the right shoulder to pass a truck! The guy was a maniac. What should a responsible citizen do in such a circumstance? -- Incensed

Drivetime Mahatma: NLR span job lengthy, nears finish

updated: 11/04/2017 2:58 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Knower of All Things: I'm thinking of a central Arkansas project that seems to be taking way too long to complete. It's the railroad overpass on the east end of McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. Every time I go to the general mail facility it seems that no progress is being made. -- Tired of the Detour

Drivetime Mahatma: Engine off lets police relax a bit

posted: 10/28/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: An addition to the "things to do if you get pulled over" list -- turn off your engine. If your windows are down, interior lights are on (after dark), hands are on the wheel AND your car is not running, you have put the police at ease as much as is in your power. Turning the vehicle off lets the officer know you're not about to hit the gas and turn into a rabbit. -- Your Fan Kevin

Drivetime Mahatma: In day rain, lesser lights don't cut it

posted: 10/21/2017 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Are daytime running lights sufficient when it rains, or should we turn on the headlights? The driver's manual states headlights, but it was written before the advent of running lights. My personal view is that running lights are sufficient except in a heavy downpour. -- Frank, Too

DRIVETIME: Highway agency responds to reader complaint about 'laziness' in work on U.S. 67/167

updated: 10/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Dear Mahatma: Someone should investigate the highway job in Jacksonville on U.S. 67/167. This job has taken many, many years -- way too long. Meanwhile, Interstate 530, Interstate 440 and the Broadway bridge have all been completely rebuilt. There is no excuse for this level of laziness, especially on such an important corridor. -- Richard

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