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Noel Oman

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Licenses step up for state drivers, will require more detailed background checks

posted: 09/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas is set to begin issuing driver's licenses that it says have enhanced security features and will require more detailed background checks of their bearers, state officials announced Monday.

State to change road stripes; reflective material’s savings to help agency add workers

posted: 09/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is abandoning high-tech pavement stripe technology and using the savings to double its complement of traditional pavement striping crews that it says will make state highways safer and still save the agency money.

White River bridge rally set for Saturday

posted: 09/23/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A rally to help build support to preserve the historic U.S. 79 bridge over the White River in Clarendon will be held Saturday, organizers say.

Little Rock airport's new lease for hangar approved

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission on Tuesday approved a lease agreement with an American Airlines subsidiary, which said it is adding a maintenance facility, up to 60 jobs and a $2.5 million investment to the state's largest airport.

Arkansas weighs tolls to build new interstate route

posted: 09/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is commissioning a study on the feasibility of not only using tolls to help build a new section of Interstate 49 in western Arkansas, but also to have someone else operate and maintain the tollway.

Agency floats fallback plans for I-30 fund

posted: 09/15/2016 5:31 a.m. Comments 7

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is thinking about other ways to spend the $631.7 million it has identified for the Interstate 30 corridor project in case the project doesn't move forward.

Airport plans 'direct' policy on staff flying

posted: 09/14/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Officials at the state's largest airport want to put their money where their mouths are and encourage airport employees to take direct, nonstop flights when feasible.

Arkansas parolee calls transportation a lifeline

posted: 09/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Parolees must get a job as one of the conditions to be released from prison. Alvertis Murry, 44, has had several since wrapping up a 21-year stretch in prison two years ago.

Transit agency gets $1.65M grant for new buses

posted: 09/09/2016 3:14 a.m. Discuss

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded Rock Region Metro $1.65 million toward the purchase of four more buses that will operate on compressed natural gas.

Project to widen busy west Little Rock street taking longer, planners find

posted: 09/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A project to widen a busy section of Kanis Road in Little Rock -- the biggest project Little Rock has ever undertaken using only city money -- is taking longer than first envisioned.

Metroplan votes to waive 6-lane limit for I-30 job

posted: 09/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Metroplan board of directors, mostly consisting of mayors and county judges in central Arkansas, voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to exempt the Interstate 30 corridor project from a region-wide policy that limits area freeways to six lanes.

Conway mayor gets director's job at Metroplan

posted: 09/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The new leader for Metroplan is an old hand on the central Arkansas long-range transportation planning agency's board of directors.

Broadway Bridge work to shift streetcars; service to halt during rush hours to ease traffic backups

posted: 08/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Rock Region Metro streetcars won't operate during the morning and afternoon rush hours when the Broadway Bridge closes for up for six months.

Metroplan director finalists down to 2

posted: 08/31/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Five candidates to be the new leader for central Arkansas' long-range transportation planning agency have been whittled to two.

Transit agency to keep stops in NLR

posted: 08/31/2016 3:20 a.m. Discuss

The transit agency for Pulaski County is going forward with plans to tweak more than half the system's regular routes, but it backed off on one change after representatives of a North Little Rock neighborhood protested.

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