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Long-term bill for highways said unlikely

posted: 07/02/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Congress is unlikely to come up with an agreement to finance a long-range federal transportation bill, U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., said Wednesday.

Drive-to-job traffic in state ranked low

updated: 06/28/2015 11:06 p.m. Discuss

All or parts of four major metropolitan statistical areas in Arkansas have traffic congestion that is below the national average, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

LR airport readies quicker screenings

posted: 06/27/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The state's largest airport Friday unveiled its on-site enrollment center for a Transportation Security Administration program aimed at allowing expedited screening.

$55M in projects for roads pulled

posted: 06/25/2015 4:10 a.m. Comments 5

State highway officials said Wednesday that they removed another $55 million in road and bridge construction projects from a bid letting because of uncertainties that persist over the future of federal transportation funding.

CATA hearing turnout small but vocal

posted: 06/23/2015 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Only a handful of people showed up at the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's first public meeting Monday to solicit comment on possible options for future bus service, but they had plenty to say.

NLR airport panel delays radio-sharing vote

posted: 06/19/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission decided Thursday it wants more information on a proposal for its airport to share a radio frequency with nearby Camp Robinson airfield.

State agency disburses $9M in airport grants

posted: 06/18/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The state Aeronautics Commission on Wednesday awarded 31 grants totaling nearly $9 million to 23 airports, the largest monthly amount the agency has awarded.

LR airport use falls 10% as drop enters 5th month

posted: 06/17/2015 3:19 a.m. Comments 2

A pronounced decline in the number of passengers using the state's largest airport continued in May.

Airports look to share airwaves

posted: 06/15/2015 5:02 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock Municipal Airport and the Camp Robinson airfield are considering getting on the same wavelength in the interests of safety.

Think long term on road funding, governor advises

posted: 06/12/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A group formed to study highway finance in Arkansas should look long term to solve the state's shortfall in road construction spending and avoid a short-term fix that would require a lot of money, given the anti-tax sentiment in the state, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

I-30 project allows for 'gap financing'

updated: 06/11/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The contractor eventually selected for the project to improve the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock also would bankroll part of the work under an option approved by state highway officials Wednesday.

With federal money iffy, only I-30, I-49 jobs gain state-bid traction

updated: 06/10/2015 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Replacing an Interstate 30 bridge over the Red River in southwest Arkansas and widening a section of Interstate 49 in Northwest Arkansas were the only two state highway projects that officials opened bids on Tuesday, a reflection of the continuing uncertainty in federal transportation funding.

Support for White River bridge widens

posted: 06/08/2015 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A recently revived effort to save the old White River bridge at Clarendon and convert it into the longest pedestrian bridge in the United States still faces daunting odds, but it recently got an assist from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

6 CATA sessions focus on initiative

posted: 06/08/2015 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority will host a series of six public meetings beginning later this month to invite comment on its latest recommendations for a strategic planning initiative the transit agency is developing.

On opening of flyover, I-430/I-630 closures set

posted: 06/05/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Another flyover ramp on the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange is scheduled to open as early as this weekend, but motorists on both interstates will be subjected to lane restrictions to help make it happen.

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