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Public to discuss Hwy 7 improvements

Public to discuss Hwy 7 improvements

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting in Hot Springs to discuss plans for improvements to Highway 7 in the Lake Hamilton area, according to AHTD officials.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Lake Hamilton Baptist Church, in the Fellowship Hall.  The church is located at 5963 Central Avenue (Highway 7) in Hot Springs.

Plans call for widening 1.5 miles of Highway 7 to five lanes in the Lake Hamilton community, extending from the Ouachita River (Lake Hamilton) Bridge southward to Highway 290.  Sidewalks and bike lanes are planned on both sides of the roadway. 

The public is invited to visit anytime during the scheduled hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments.  For more information, contact the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Environmental Division at 501-569-2281.

Bridge inspection to close lanes at Hwy 7

Bridge inspection to close lanes at Hwy 7

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (9-24) -- Crews performing a routine bridge inspection on Highway 7, over Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, will require lane closures beginning Tuesday, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The bridge inspection will require alternating lane closures of the northbound and southbound outside lanes on Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26.  The lane closures will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.      

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

Lakeshore Drive to close for widening

Lakeshore Drive to close for widening

LITTLE ROCK (6-21) -- Crews beginning work on widening the section of Higdon Ferry Road in Hot Springs from the Martin Luther King Expressway northward to Printers Place will require the temporary closure of Lakeshore Drive at its intersection with Higdon Ferry, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Effective Friday, June 22nd, traffic on Higdon Ferry that would normally turn onto Lakeshore Drive will be detoured around the closed intersection.  Traffic on Higdon Ferry will be routed west onto Emory Street, south onto Panama Street and back to Lakeshore Drive.  Eastbound traffic on Lakeshore Drive accessing Higdon Ferry will be routed north onto Panama Street and then eastward on Emory Street.

The closure will remain in place until the fall of this year. Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.     

AHTD opens bids for Pulaski, Garland improvements

AHTD opens bids for Pulaski, Garland improvements

 LITTLE ROCK (6-13) -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has opened bids for improvements to roadways in Pulaski and Garland Counties, according to the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

The first project calls for the installation of a cable median barrier along selected sections of Interstate 430, between Interstate 30 and Interstate 40 in Little Rock and North Little Rock.  The total length of the project is 7.3 miles.  Massana Construction, Inc. of Tyrone, Georgia, was awarded the contract at $1,502,522.

The second project will replace damaged overhead sign structures along Interstate 40 in Pulaski County, and on Highway 270 in Garland County.  Time Striping, Inc. of Van Buren, Arkansas, was awarded the contract at $175,935.63.

Hot Springs Mountain road work begins Monday, expect delays

Hot Springs Mountain road work begins Monday, expect delays

The Hot Springs Mountain road will be partially closed from Monday, May 21 to Friday, May 25 for road repair work.  North Mountain Loop and the downhill side of the mountain road will be closed to traffic.

The Mountain Tower will remain open for business.  Traffic will be escorted to and from the Mountain Tower by a pilot car.  Expect delays of about 10 minutes for pilot car to travel the length of the Mountain. 

Road work will start at 7 a.m. each day.

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

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