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Noel Oman

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General assignment/Transportation reporter

General assignment/Transportation reporter

Recent Stories by Noel Oman

Fund stretch won't restore road projects

posted: 05/27/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A two-month extension of legislation authorizing the federal Highway Trust Fund to continue supporting highway and transit projects isn't enough for Arkansas highway officials to reinstate nine road and bridge construction projects worth $120 million that the agency dropped from its June bid letting.

Big Rock includes touch of green

posted: 05/26/2015 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

The $125 million project to relieve congestion through the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock has included tons of concrete and steel to build the flyovers and other components.

LR bike trail goes 13 miles to Terry dam

posted: 05/25/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

A new 13-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail spur linking the Arkansas River Trail in downtown Little Rock with David D. Terry Lock and Dam is scheduled to be completed next month, providing an alternative to the loop dominated by the Big Dam Bridge that proponents say will be attractive to new and experienced riders alike.

Decision on funding likely in July, CATA chief says

posted: 05/20/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority board of directors likely will make a decision on how to pursue dedicated funding for the agency at its July meeting, the agency's executive director said Tuesday.

Officials to decide on redoing census

updated: 05/18/2015 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Population growth in central Arkansas has some municipal officials thinking they might want to take another head count.

New cell plan saves LR airport $24,072

posted: 05/14/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A new cellphone plan will save the state's largest airport $24,000 a year.

No Congress deal, road jobs halt, state says

posted: 05/13/2015 3:37 a.m. Comments 2

Work now being done on 131 federally funded road and bridge construction projects in Arkansas worth $1.5 billion would cease if congressional authorization for transportation funding expired May 31 without a new deal, according to state highway officials.

State agency pulls bids for 9 highway projects

posted: 05/08/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Bids on nine road and bridge construction projects worth an estimated $120 million, including the replacement of the White River bridge on Interstate 40 in Prairie County, won't be opened next month because of concerns over federal highway funding, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department announced Thursday.

Governor taps 20 to fill panel on road funds

posted: 05/07/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson named 20 people Wednesday to his Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding, including key members of his administration, people who have promoted highway interests and representatives of higher education.

I-30's widening sets up foot-traffic puzzle

posted: 05/05/2015 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

Engineers are working to address concerns that a project to improve traffic flow on Interstate 30 by adding more lanes through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will make it more dangerous for pedestrians.

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