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Improvements to Highway 88 will require lane closures in Hot Springs

Improvements to Highway 88 will require lane closures in Hot Springs

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 88 (Higdon Ferry Road) will require lane closures in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be smoothing the driving surface between Emory Street and Central Avenue. The work will reduce traffic on Higdon Ferry Road to one lane in each direction.

The lane closures will be Monday, May 12th and Tuesday, May 13th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. This work was scheduled to take place on May 6th & 7th, but had to be delayed due to equipment issues. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers, cones, and warning signs.

Hwy 88 lane closure in Hot Springs

Hwy 88 lane closure in Hot Springs

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 88 (Higdon Ferry Road) will require lane closures in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be smoothing the driving surface between Emory Street and Central Avenue. The work will reduce traffic on Higdon Ferry Road to one lane in each direction.

The lane closures will be Tuesday, May 6th and Wednesday, May 7th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers, cones, and warning signs.

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

MLK Expressway median maintenance will close lanes

MLK Expressway median maintenance will close lanes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) – Median wall maintenance on Highways 70 and 270 (Martin Luther King Expressway) will require lane closures in Hot Springs, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be cleaning and clearing drains along the median wall. This work can’t be accomplished under normal traffic conditions due to the lack of space between travel lanes and the median wall. Therefore, the work will require portions of the eastbound and westbound inside lanes to be closed.

The eastbound inside lane closures will be Monday, April 28th through Thursday, May 1st and Monday, May 5th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The westbound inside lane closures will be Monday, May 5th through Thursday, May 9th and Monday, May 12th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has announced it will hold a series of Public Involvement Meetings across the state to obtain input from the public as it works to update the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Legends Room of the Jack Stephens Center (UALR Trojans basketball arena) on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on Central Arkansas issues.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sam’s Club Community Room of the Arvest Ballpark (enter through front gate) in Springdale. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on West and Northwest Arkansas issues.

AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has withdrawn ten construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of Federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.  

The United State Department of Transportation has projected that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will run short of funds as early as July of this year without Congressional action.  Because of this uncertainty, the AHTD has evaluated State and Federal funding that will be available and reduced the number of construction projects planned because of the possible inability of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to provide timely and full reimbursements to Arkansas.

The ten Federal-aid projects that have been pulled from the Department’s April bid letting total approximately $60 million and include:

Chicot – Hwy 165; Rehabilitation of 4.3 miles

Lane closures on Hwy 70 in Saline, Garland Counties suspended for remainder of week

 Lane closures on Hwy 70 in Saline, Garland Counties suspended for remainder of week

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Lane closures in place on Highway 70 in Garland and Saline counties between Hot Springs and Interstate 30 will be suspended the remainder of this week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews have been performing geotechnical drilling and sampling in preparation for widening Highway 70. The work has required lane closures this month.  However, due to an expected high volume of traffic headed to Hot Springs for events at Oaklawn Park and for the statewide high school basketball tournament, those closures have been cancelled for Thursday and Friday.  Closures were not scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.  

The lane closures will be back in place weekdays only 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when work resumes on Monday, March 17th.