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I-30 'split diamond' plan best pick, 3 say

posted: 08/28/2016 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith and Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde have joined forces to support the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's request to exempt the Interstate 30 corridor project from a regionwide policy that limits freeways to six lanes.

Broadway Bridge set for closure Sept. 28

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The 93-year-old Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will close Sept. 28 to allow it to be dismantled and replaced, state highway officials announced Thursday.

Highway department 'confident' Broadway Bridge will close Sept. 28

posted: 08/25/2016 3:35 p.m. Discuss

In all likelihood, the last opportunity to cross the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock will be the morning of Sept. 28, after which 25,000 motorists will have to find another way to cross the river.

Metroplan staff, advisers at odds on 6-lane waiver; I-30 widening plans call for 8, 10 lanes

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Advisers to central Arkansas' transportation planning agency recommended Wednesday that it not waive a policy limiting the width of area freeways, while the agency's staff recommended that it should grant the exception.

State's roadway fatalities rise 11% in first six months of year

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

A total of 263 motorists died on Arkansas roads in the first six months of 2016, up 11 percent from the same period a year ago and helping fuel a national trend that, if unchecked, will see traffic fatalities in the United States exceed 40,000 for the first time in nine years, according to preliminary figures from the National Safety Council.

Date decision expected soon on Broadway Bridge closing

posted: 08/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Decision day on whether to close the Broadway Bridge as soon as Sept. 15 is drawing near -- perhaps as soon as this week. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department wants three weeks' notice from the contractor on whether the bridge will be closed for up to six months so it can be removed and a new one built, said Danny Straessle, the agency spokesman.

Asphalt prices at '07 lows a boon for Arkansas road, street departments

posted: 08/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Low oil prices have translated into low prices for asphalt -- the lifeblood of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department as well as city street and county road agencies.

Construction to shut I-440 westbound on-ramp in Little Rock

posted: 08/16/2016 5:54 p.m. Discuss

Construction will require the closing of the Interstate 440 westbound on-ramp from Fourche Dam Pike in Little Rock and a detour Tuesday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Bumpy Broadway stretch up for resurfacing in Little Rock

posted: 08/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A jarring and heavily traveled section of Broadway in downtown Little Rock is getting a $373,000 face-lift.

$94.8M bid selected to fix choked I-49 leg

updated: 08/11/2016 3:43 a.m. Comments 2

Bids on another in a string of projects to widen Interstate 49, the major north-south corridor through Northwest Arkansas, were opened Wednesday by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Little Rock airport's sprinkler work to delay wiring upgrade

posted: 08/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Passengers at the state's largest airport will have to take what they can get for a while longer if they want to charge their smartphones, electronic tablets and laptops at the state's largest airport.

5 finalists selected for Metroplan post

posted: 08/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The new leader for central Arkansas' long-range transportation planning agency will be chosen from five applicants, including Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, a committee decided Monday.

For state, I-30 flood fight worth it; new phase near

posted: 08/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A contractor is about to break ground on a project to control flooding on a section of Interstate 30 in Little Rock that has bedeviled motorists for years, a problem that state highway officials say will only worsen as development in that part of Pulaski and Saline counties continues.

After transit tax's rejection, Arkansas agency works to set rate-increase bar

posted: 08/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Rock Region Metro officials aren't saying they're ready to raise bus, streetcar and paratransit rates in the wake of a failed sales-tax campaign to fund the agency, but they are ready to decide on a formula to do so.

Work to close I-440 eastbound on-ramp

updated: 07/29/2016 6:32 p.m. Discuss

Work to shift traffic through a construction project on Interstate 440 onto a temporary ramp will require the closure of the I-440 eastbound on-ramp from Lindsey Road and a detour Friday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

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