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Routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on Interstate 440

Routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on Interstate 440

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – A routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on Interstate 440 in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be inspecting the Interstate 440 bridge over the Arkansas River. The work will require closing the eastbound and westbound outside lanes on Interstate 440.

The eastbound outside lane closure will be Monday, September 29th & Tuesday, September 30th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. The westbound outside lane closure will be Tuesday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 1st, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors

Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- For the first time since the Uber debate came to Little Rock, executives with the ride sharing startup were in town presenting to the city's board of directors.

"The residents and visitors have spoken very loud and clear that they would like Uber to be brought to Little Rock," said Uber Senior Public Policy Associate Dave Barmore. "I'm encouraged to be talking with you to see how we can make that happen."

Barmore told directors Uber is not a taxi service, but rather a technology startup matching ride seekers with nearby drivers looking to make some extra cash. "There is a strict vetting process in place to make sure that these drivers are safe and this process includes a nationally approved background check vendor," he added. "A lot of them are just residents looking to make some extra money on the weekend."

AHTD accepts bid of $98.4 million on Broadway Bridge

AHTD accepts bid of $98.4 million on Broadway Bridge


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 19, 2014) - The Arkansas Highway Commission and Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) have accepted the $98.4 million bid from Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri, to replace the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River between downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

This now becomes the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission.

The AHTD received four bids from across the country on the project:

  • Massman Construction Company: $98.4 million (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc.: $114.2 million (Plain, Wisconsin)
  • PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.: $114.4 million (Tampa, Florida)
  • Brasfield & Gorrie,LLC: $115.4 million (Birmingham, Alabama)

Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures

Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews are taking pavement samples on the outside lanes of Interstate 630 between the Baptist Health exit and University Avenue. The work will reduce eastbound and westbound traffic to two lanes in the work zone.

The lane closures will be Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

The work is being conducted to prepare for the proposed widening I-630 between Baptist Hospital and University Avenue. This project is part of AHTD’s Connecting Arkansas Program. More information on this project is available at ConnectingArkansasProgram.com

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you take Main Street through downtown Little Rock, you'll have to make other arrangements starting later this week.

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., Main Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed for at least 3 weeks.

The city says the closure is needed to continue progress on the Main Street 'Creative Corridor'.

The 300 block of Main Street will be one of the gateways to the Creative Corridor, featuring a plaza with rain and light gardens.


CATA looking to increase low ridership

CATA looking to increase low ridership


LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - Fewer people are riding the bus in Central Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Transit Authority says they're down 5 percent in ridership from last year, saying the decrease came at the hands of this winter's weather.

"When it comes to level of investment in our system we're not at the top," said CATA executive director Jarod Varner.

In a day and age when there are more cars than people in the world the novel idea of public transportation can often be overlooked, and Varner wants to change that.

"I think there's room, much room for improvement when it comes to the service area as well as the frequency of service," he said.

Varner has had to implement cost saving measures that include lower fuel rates and fewer employee benefits to make up for the decrease in ridership.

"It comes at a time that we're being very introspective," he continued.

'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week

'Big Rock' work closing road overnight this week


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Construction work at the Big Rock interchange in west Little Rock will force the closure of Shackleford Road beneath the new lanes of Interstate 630.

The interstate and Financial Centre Parkway will remain open, but no traffic will be allowed to cross it. Northbound Shackleford traffic will be routed onto I-630 eastbound. Drivers wanting to go farther north on Shackleford will need to go through two cloverleafs and re-enter Shackleford north of the construction area.

Southbound traffic will be diverted onto Financial Centre Parkway westbound and then to Hermitage Road.

Crews are removing safety platforms and painting steel beams on the new I-630 bridge over Shackleford.

The detour will be in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Monday night and lasting through Friday morning.