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Panel endorses Plan B for road funds

posted: 03/22/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Road proponents have a Plan B for highway funding -- a bill that would earmark for highways the money Arkansas generates from state sales taxes applied to purchases made on the Internet.

FOI exemption for agency advances

posted: 03/22/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would provide what state highway officials called a narrow exemption for their agency from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act won an endorsement from a House committee Tuesday.

Road work to shut U.S. 67/167 lanes

posted: 03/20/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Construction to improve U.S. 67/167 -- including a frontage road -- in Pulaski and Lonoke counties will require some lane closures today, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Clock ticking on resolving I-30 job scope

updated: 03/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

The time for regional leaders to reach key decisions on the scope of the Interstate 30 corridor project is fast approaching, the top official at Metroplan says.

State truck-tech bill OKs wireless control over speed, brakes

posted: 03/17/2017 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Semiautonomous tractor-trailers that can communicate with one another will be rolling down Arkansas highways together if a bill that got a nod from a legislative committee Thursday becomes law.

Arkansas road-bonds bill falls 13 votes shy in House

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

Legislation aimed at filling potholes and other maintenance needs on Arkansas roads hit a big pothole of its own Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.

Bills would raise yearly $200M for Arkansas roads

posted: 03/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A House committee, in two meetings Thursday, approved a legislative package that would raise more than $200 million annually for highway maintenance if voters also approve it.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rush-hour drivers jam new Broadway Bridge to try it out

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

Traffic was heavy during the evening rush Thursday on the first full day that the new Broadway Bridge was open to traffic, but it's likely that motorists didn't mind.

Bill aims to ax mailings about looks at drivers' records

posted: 03/03/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Motorists whose Arkansas driving records are checked by insurance companies and other authorized entities no longer will receive confirmation by mail from the state if a bill advancing through the Legislature becomes law.

Bill targets Arkansas motorists who text

posted: 03/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

A bill to increase the penalties for texting while driving won approval Wednesday from the Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee after a tougher version stalled in the committee in January.

Proposal to let Arkansas cyclists glide, not stop, at intersections falters

posted: 03/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

A bill that would allow bicyclists to go through an intersection without coming to a full stop if oncoming traffic doesn't "constitute an immediate hazard" failed to win a do-pass recommendation Tuesday from the House Public Transportation Committee.

6.5% fuel-sales tax in Arkansas road-funds bill

updated: 03/01/2017 4:24 a.m. Comments 6

Legislation that would raise more than $200 million annually to pay for road construction and maintenance was filed Tuesday, but like other recent efforts, it would require that state voters to have the final say.

Broadway Bridge won't open this week after all, official says

posted: 02/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The state's top highway official says the new Broadway Bridge won't open to traffic this week after all.

$78.5M project to widen U.S. 70 stirs Arkansas tourism concerns

updated: 02/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

HOT SPRINGS -- A $78.5 million project to widen a section of U.S. 70 between Interstate 30 and Hot Springs will make it much easier and safer to navigate, but it has Spa City boosters worried about the effect of the project's nearly two-year construction schedule on a city heavily dependent on tourism.

POLL: Bill seeks Clintons' name off Little Rock airport

posted: 02/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 58

A Conway state senator has filed a bill that is aimed at requiring Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field to change its name.

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