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I-30 improvements to require lane closure

I-30 improvements to require lane closure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Crews performing repairs on Interstate 30 will require a lane closure next week in Hot Spring County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The work will require closing the westbound outside lane of Interstate 30, between mile markers 101 and 103, just east of Malvern. 

The closure will be Thursday, May 30, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.  Additional travel related information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

 

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wednesday is the first day of National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is releasing its latest rankings among bicycle friendly states. The results show that Arkansas is making great strides in improving its accommodation of cyclists.

Arkansas moved up 13 spots in the survey, the second largest jump in the entire country. Arkansas is now number 37 among the 50 states. Just last year, Arkansas was at the bottom of the list.  

“The bicycling culture in Arkansas has grown more popular in recent years and we are responding,” says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.  “The results serve as an affirmation that our statewide efforts are making a real difference in The Natural State.”

Lane closure in Hot Spring Co.

Lane closure in Hot Spring Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Crews performing a bridge inspection on Highway 67, east of Friendship in Hot Spring County, will require a lane closure this week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The routine inspection of the bridge, over the Ouachita River, will require an alternating lane closure of the northbound and southbound lanes on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.  Flaggers will route traffic through the inspection area.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.     

             

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

RED Zones are Arkansas highway projects that have significantly reduced capacity that can lead to travel delays. Find them under the Know the RED Zones icon at www.ArkansasHighways.com.

Motorists are encouraged to Know the RED Zones and plan trips accordingly. Drivers can help reduce congestion through these areas by considering alternate routes or changing their time of travel.

Truckers can find information for weight restricted bridges and highways on alternate routes under the RED Zones icon.

Whether you drive through the RED Zones or opt to use an alternate route, follow the tips below.

RED Zone Travel Tips

Stop speeding before it stops you

 Stop speeding before it stops you

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 13,000 lives were lost across America in speeding-related traffic crashes during 2005.

NHTSA considers a crash to be speeding-related if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense, or if the responding officer indicates that the driver was driving too fast for conditions at the time or was exceeding the posted speed limit.  In 2005, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes nationally.

“Even one life lost to speeding is one too many,” said Lt.

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 2011 Arkansas State Highway Map is now available from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), according to AHTD Director Dan Flowers.

The maps may be obtained at no charge from any of the Highway Department’s District Headquarters and at all Arkansas Welcome Centers.  They are also available at the AHTD Central Office at 10324 Interstate 30 in Little Rock, by phone at 501-569-2444 or online at www.arkansashighways.com.  To request one by mail, the address is AHTD, Map Sales Section, P.O.

Check for flooded roads in your area

Check for flooded roads in your area

As Arkansans face the dangers of flooding due to heavy rains, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has released an updated list of road closures around the state. Motorists are encouraged to check the advisory and plan alternate routes.