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Arkansas highway department wants to involve public in expanding Highway 64

Arkansas highway department wants to involve public in expanding Highway 64

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting in Beebe to discuss plans to widen Highway 64 in White County.  

The construction work will expand Highway 64 to 4 travel lanes with a center lane. The work will extend 3.3 miles west of Beebe.  

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Crosspoint Ministries (Fellowship Hall). It is located at 805 Highway 64 West in Beebe.  

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.

(Source: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)

Arkansas drivers urged to use IDriveArkansas.com for travel information

Arkansas drivers urged to use IDriveArkansas.com for travel information

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit IDriveArkansas.com before hitting the road this Thanksgiving holiday.

Extensive highway improvements are underway in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as many lanes as possible.

Still, with many ongoing improvements, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to an increased volume of traffic.

Drivers are urged to plan ahead by visiting IDriveArkansas.com for the latest travel information. The new website includes live traffic flow, weather information, and details on construction zones.  Travelers can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

W. Pleasure, Carr to be closed for 60 days

W. Pleasure, Carr to be closed for 60 days

From Lillie Cook with the city of Searcy:

In the interest of the safety, Dr. Jimmy Carr Drive and West Pleasure Avenue will be closed to traffic from Woodruff Street to Charles Street for approximately 60 days beginning immediately.  This closure is due to re-construction of the street.  This closure should allow for a shorter period of inconvenience to traffic along that route. 

The safety of the general public, the local students and the construction workers will be enhanced.

Please plan for and use an alternate route when travelling through this part of the city.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Mark Lane, P.E.

City Engineer

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wednesday is the first day of National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is releasing its latest rankings among bicycle friendly states. The results show that Arkansas is making great strides in improving its accommodation of cyclists.

Arkansas moved up 13 spots in the survey, the second largest jump in the entire country. Arkansas is now number 37 among the 50 states. Just last year, Arkansas was at the bottom of the list.  

“The bicycling culture in Arkansas has grown more popular in recent years and we are responding,” says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.  “The results serve as an affirmation that our statewide efforts are making a real difference in The Natural State.”

Road work delayed till Aug. 6

Road work delayed till Aug. 6

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department roadwork that was to begin on August has been delayed.

As of Wednesday, August 1st, the roadwork will begin MONDAY, August 6TH at the following locations in the city of Searcy:

  • Race Avenue from Main Street to Spring Street
  • Main Street from Race Avenue to Beebe Capps Expressway

Due to traffic delays and the use of heavy construction equipment, please avoid this area if possible.

Public to weigh in on highway options

Public to weigh in on highway options

SEARCY, Ark. - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Location Public Hearing in Searcy to discuss alternatives for a two-lane highway on new location, according to AHTD officials.  Alternatives for improvements will connect Highway 36 on the west side of Searcy with Highway 67 on the north side of Searcy.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Family Life Center of the Downtown Church of Christ, 900 N. Main Street, in Searcy.

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.

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.