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Noel Oman

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Trial set in racial bias lawsuit against highway police chief

posted: 08/23/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the employment practices at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department can proceed to trial, but a request for judicial oversight of the agency's hiring was denied in a ruling issued by a federal judge Friday.

Airport panel briefed on plans for concourse revamp

posted: 08/20/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

More than $17.6 million in proposed improvements unveiled Tuesday for the aging concourse at the state's largest airport will include new boarding bridges and gate furniture, more power outlets to keep passengers' smartphones and other electronic devices charged, and what is billed as the fastest free Wi-Fi service at a U.S. airport.

I-30 upgrade planners canvass residents' ideas

posted: 08/18/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

In the 1970s, downtown Little Rock neighborhood advocates said the construction of Interstate 630 came at the destruction of the area's historic and cultural fabric.

Panel at airport in LR supports 2 electric trucks

posted: 08/14/2014 4:04 a.m. Comments 5

The state's largest airport is set to purchase its first two all-electric vehicles as part of a long-term initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of its 30-vehicle fleet.

1st meeting on I-30 corridor draws 150

posted: 08/13/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 150 people showed up Tuesday night at the first of two public meetings the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is holding this week to help plan improvements to the Interstate 30 corridor through Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Meetings to begin over I-30 corridor

posted: 08/11/2014 3:48 a.m. Comments 4

Widening the Interstate 30 corridor to 10 lanes through Little Rock and North Little Rock was the only option considered that would provide an "acceptable" level of service on the three downtown Arkansas River crossings, according to an 11-year-old study that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is using to guide plans to renovate the highway.

Photo of old crossties in LR elicits streetcar nostalgia

posted: 08/06/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

Construction crews recently uncovered part of downtown Little Rock's old streetcar line that dates back to the turn of the last century.

Transit agency takes up route, funding plans

posted: 08/05/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Work is only now beginning in earnest on developing a new vision for the Central Arkansas Transit Authority that supporters say they hope will lead to better transit options for the region and a dedicated tax to help pay for them.

State road budget allots $2.7 million to high-tech gear

posted: 08/04/2014 3:58 a.m. Comment 1

For the first time, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has a line item in its budget -- totaling $2.7 million -- dedicated to dynamic message signs, traffic cameras and other intelligent transportation system equipment to monitor and improve traffic flow.

DHS' county operations director sets August retirement date

posted: 07/30/2014 4:31 a.m. Discuss

Joni Jones, the county operations division director for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, will retire Aug. 31, ending a 36-year career with the agency.

Police beat

posted: 07/30/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Man arrested in tire-shop break-in Jacksonville police arrested a 23-year-old Sherwood man Tuesday afternoon in connection to a break-in at Liberty Tire and Lube on John Harden Road.

Traffic engineers in LR, NLR plan for bridge closure

posted: 07/28/2014 4:32 a.m. Comments 8

As many as half of the 24,000 vehicles now using the Broadway Bridge daily are projected to use the nearby Main Street Bridge as an alternative when the Arkansas River crossing is closed for up to two years while a new one is built.

Tolls on I-40 seen in study as a way to add more lanes

posted: 07/24/2014 3:45 a.m. Comments 14

Tolls could generate enough money to build an additional lane in each direction on the 110-mile section of Interstate 40 between North Little Rock and West Memphis, according to a study ordered by the Arkansas Highway Commission.

Project to rebuild 9 miles of I-530

posted: 07/24/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A project to rebuild about 9 miles of Interstate 530 in the Little Rock area received an apparent low bid of $65.5 million Wednesday.

U.S. 67/167 lanes to close this week

posted: 07/22/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A temporary fix for a section of U.S. 67/167 between Jacksonville and Cabot will require overnight lane closures that will begin Wednesday and last for the balance of the year, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

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