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Clinton Airport expects more passengers for holiday travel

Clinton Airport expects more passengers for holiday travel

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 28, 2012) – The state’s largest airport will be busy during this July 4th Holiday Period.  Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is expecting that more than 38,000 passengers will use the airport during a six day stretch beginning June 30 through July 5.

Airlines serving Clinton National Airport plan to handle 38,190 passengers during the holiday span.  That number is up 4.05% from the July 4 period last year when 36,705 passengers used the airport. Since January 1, passenger traffic at Clinton National remains 10 percent higher as compared to 2011.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Checkpoint opens at 4:30 each morning.  Airlines recommend that those traveling arrive 90 minutes before their domestic flight.

TSA reminds passengers to remember the 3-1-1 rule for carrying liquids, gels and aerosols through the checkpoint:

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.

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.

Ride Red on the River Rail

Ride Red on the River Rail

More than 3,000 patrons participated in the CATA River Rail Holly Trolley day in December. Now, Central Arkansas Transit Authority and the Arkansas Heart Association are teaming up to keep the wheels rolling.

Ride the River Rail February 6-14 and register for a chance to win a free night's stay at Baker House Bed & Breakfast in Argenta or to have a private part on the trolley or to win a gift basket. Wear red and you'll have two chances! Regular fares apply. Sponsored by the Arkansas Heart Association, Central Arkansas Transit Authority, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Argenta Arts Foundation, and North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Public to weigh in on Broadway Bridge project

Public to weigh in on Broadway Bridge project

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting in North Little Rock to discuss plans for the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, according to AHTD officials.

A proposed project will construct a new bridge and ramps to replace the existing Broadway Bridge (Highway 70).  The project is scheduled to be let to contract in 2013.  At the meeting, conceptual drawings, various project estimates and aerial photos of the project location will be on display.        

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Training Room of the Arkansas Transit Association building, 620 W. Broadway, in North Little Rock. 

Ride Red on the River Rail

Ride Red on the River Rail

February 6-14, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Awareness Month, you can receive a raffle ticket each time you ride the River Rail Trolley to be entered into a contest for one of three great prizes to be awarded on Valentine’s Day. Wear RED to receive two tickets.

The drawing is live on February 14 at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Trolley Barn.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Heart Association, Central Arkansas Transit Authority, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Argenta Downtown Council, and North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

North Little Rock, Ark. – With heavy rainfall in Arkansas expected to last into Thursday, it is important to remember a few flood safety facts. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related according to the National Weather Service.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) urges people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways because drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.