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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: 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

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: New Broadway Bridge a huge job, well done

updated: 04/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A loop was closed Thursday afternoon, a tie bound, on the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River. Officials dedicated the new and sparkling Broadway Bridge to the state's veterans.

Drivetime Mahatma: 5 LR exits? I-430 sign falls 3 short

updated: 04/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dear One Who Gets Things Done: As I drive south on Interstate 430, just before crossing the river, I see a sign which says "Little Rock next 5 exits." There have been two exits added since that sign was erected. Any chance we could replace it with an accurate sign? -- Former English Teacher Who Insists on Accuracy

Drivetime Mahatma: Shoeless? Driving not forbidden in Arkansas

posted: 03/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Hey: Now that the weather has warmed, the question has arisen. Is it legal to drive without shoes? -- Nancy

Drivetime Mahatma: New Broadway Bridge said to lack lane barrier

updated: 03/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: Hoow-raah for the new Broadway Bridge. However, I think a mistake was made in not adding a center barrier between north and south lanes. I foresee many head-on accidents and blockages, especially in rain, sleet and snow. Hope the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department gets this thought. -- Jim

Drivetime Mahatma: Driver says lights favor driveways

posted: 03/11/2017 2:31 a.m. Comments 2

Dear Mahatma: Recently there was utility work on North Rodney Parham Road. Traffic lanes and lights had to be altered to accommodate one lane traffic. That work has been finished for some time, but the traffic lights seem to be off-kilter. The light at Rodney Parham and Pleasant Forest seems to be on a timer rather than sensors. Some computer setting, I guess. The light at Rodney Parham and the entrances to Windstream/Christ the King Church seem to be set to favor the two driveways, not Rodney Parham Road. Very frustrating to be stopped on Rodney Parham when there is no vehicle in either driveway. Whom do we contact? -- Cynthia

Drivetime Mahatma: At Cantrell and I-430, redo nears

posted: 03/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Seer of All Things Traffic: As we near the finishing touches on the Broadway Bridge and await the 30 Crossing, there are two projects along Interstate 430 that seem to be lost. At Cantrell Road and I-430 there is supposed to be a new northbound on-ramp from westbound Cantrell. And what about that major rework of that whole interchange from Pleasant Valley Drive to Rodney Parham Road? Will those of us in the baby-boomer generation ever see these projects completed? -- Waiting in Traffic

Drivetime Mahatma: Span near; cloud over drive to lift

posted: 02/25/2017 2:46 a.m. Comment 1

Nothing is constant but change. -- The poet

Drivetime Mahatma: Repairing fried signal falls to city

posted: 02/18/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Hey: The traffic signal at Maumelle Boulevard and Odom Boulevard South is out. I called the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. They said it was the city's problem. I called the city, and the person who answered the phone said it was the Highway Department's problem. I figured this is something you can address. -- Joe

Drivetime Mahatma: Sand flying off pickup ticketable

posted: 02/11/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I was on Interstate 30 the other day and got behind some chump in a pickup. He was hauling a trailer, and sand was blowing out that thing all over my nice car. Isn't that illegal? -- Two out of Three

Drivetime Mahatma: Bicycle clog ahead: Pass by the rules

posted: 02/04/2017 3:34 a.m. Discuss

O Diligent Researcher: Driving on Arkansas 9 south of Paron on Saturday I came upon a gaggle of bike riders blocking the road at 25 mph. As the vehicles behind started to increase, the patience quickly decreased. For whatever reason two cars directly behind the group made no attempt to pass. This led to dangerous passing on a hilly, turning highway with few passing zones. Can you shed some light on the legalities? -- Want to Live.

Drivetime Mahatma: Dear cynic: State raised speed limit

posted: 01/28/2017 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: The posted speed limit on U.S. 165 in Allport, in Lonoke County, was 45 mph. Now those signs are gone. What would the speed limit be in that area now? Could this be a speed trap in the making? -- Mike

Drivetime Mahatma: Yes, really, those signs mean stop

posted: 01/21/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Can you tell me why the city places those red, eight-sided road signs in west Little Rock? It has something to do with traffic. Where do drivers go to find out what they are good for? -- Ciao, Baby

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