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Dry Branch Road closed for bridge replacement

Dry Branch Road closed for bridge replacement

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—A section of Dry Branch Road (Road 31400), three miles west of Blue Springs and ¼ mile north of Road 31000, is closed for construction of a new bridge. The old bridge will be demolished and a new bridge built in its place.

“Contractors began work on the bridge on January 9, and the road will be unavailable for any use for approximately three months,” said Jessieville-Winona-Fourche District Ranger Megan Moynihan. “We regret the inconvenience this may cause residents in the area, but the safety of the public and our employees is our priority.”

Local school and emergency services personnel have been notified of the closure so they can plan to travel the alternate routes. From Highway 7, forest users can take Little Blakely Creek Road west, then take Tramway Road (Road 31000) northwest until the intersection with Dry Branch Road (Road 31400).

Hwy. 290 work requires lane closures

Hwy. 290 work requires lane closures

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Crews performing surface repairs on Highway 290 south of Lake Hamilton, in Garland County, will require a lane closure next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The improvements will require an alternating lane closure in the east and westbound lanes beginning Monday, September 26 and continuing through Wednesday, September 28.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting.  Flaggers will route traffic through the work zone.

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

              

Passenger traffic climb in Arkansas

Passenger traffic climb in Arkansas

SeaPort Airlines Thursday announced record passenger traffic during the month of August 2011 in each of the four Arkansas communities served.  Traffic in SeaPort’s Arkansas markets increased 94% total year-over-year, ranging from 48% at El Dorado to 200% at Jonesboro.

        

When SeaPort initiated service at Harrison, El Dorado, Hot Springs, and Jonesboro in October 2009, the communities had been without scheduled air service since 2007.  All four markets are served under the Essential Air Service program; however, continued growth has resulted in the addition of “speculative” flights above and beyond these EAS contracts in some of the Arkansas communities.

SeaPort recently launched new service from Dallas to Hot Springs, El Dorado, and Harrison. 

“The growth in these Arkansas communit

Watch for 270 slowdown

Watch for 270 slowdown

Crews performing drainage repair on Highway 270 in Hot Springs  will require a lane closure next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The improvements, east of the Martin Luther King Bypass, will require the eastbound, outside lane to be closed Aug. 8-9.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather permitting.

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

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.

Traffic changes announced

Traffic changes announced

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) have announced plans to change the traffic pattern at the intersection of Westinghouse Drive and the Highway 70B north frontage road (East Grand Avenue) in Hot Springs.

Currently operating as a “Four-Way Stop” intersection, plans call for removing the Stop signs on Westinghouse Drive allowing motorists on Westinghouse Drive the right of way through the intersection without stopping.  The north frontage road traffic will continue to stop.

The new traffic pattern will begin on Thursday, July 7.  The Department will be adding "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" signs advising traffic on the frontage road of the revision.  Message boards will also be placed on the frontage road for each direction for 30 days advising traffic of the change.

I-30 inspections to require lane closure

I-30 inspections to require lane closure

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

The lane closures, just north of Caddo Valley (Mile Marker 80 – 81) will alternate between the eastbound and westbound lanes on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2.  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.