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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.

NLR railroad overpass loses U.S. funding

posted: 05/04/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

A longtime initiative to reduce vehicle-train collisions in central Arkansas suffered a setback when the Federal Highway Administration recently withdrew $8.7 million in U.S. transportation money committed for a project to build a railroad overpass on East McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock.

Overpass to open at I-430/I-630

posted: 05/02/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The new overpass designed to carry traffic over South Shackleford Road in the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in west Little Rock will be fully operational this weekend, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

State Highway Department settles bias suit for $371,500

posted: 05/01/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has paid $371,500 to settle a racial discrimination case filed by a former employee, according to a copy of the settlement agreement obtained Thursday.

I-30 plan lists potential displacements

posted: 04/28/2015 3:53 a.m. Discuss

A total of 19 residential and commercial properties have been identified as potentially in the way of a $450 million project to ease congestion in the 6.7-mile Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

State opens bids for road projects

posted: 04/22/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department opened apparent low bids Tuesday on 30 construction projects totaling $21.3 million, with the bid on one project accounting for more than 20 percent of the total.

Airport project up for approval

updated: 04/19/2015 10:16 p.m. Discuss

A project to rehabilitate a taxiway at the state's largest airport that has been on the drawing board for six years appears to be back on track, bigger in scope and more expensive than when it was first conceived.

Corps to look at durable fix for river route

posted: 04/20/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

A $3 million, three-year study aims to finally find a permanent fix to the threat of a potentially catastrophic breach of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

For I-30, engineers posit 10 lanes

posted: 04/17/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Engineers working on an estimated $450 million redesign of the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock think the highway section should be 10 lanes wide, officials said during a public meeting Thursday night.


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