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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

Highway Dept. to hold public meeting in Searcy

Highway Dept. to hold public meeting in Searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Design Public Hearing in Searcy to discuss plans for an extension of Highway 13.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 4 - 7:00 p.m. at Valley Baptist Church, 3328 Highway 36 West, in Searcy. Plans call for constructing an extension of Highway 13, southwest of Searcy, that would extend from Highway 267 northward to Highway 36.

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.

SPD encourages crosswalk safety

SPD encourages crosswalk safety

SEARCY, Ark. – The Searcy Police Department is urging the community to help out in school zones around the city. There are two tasks the community can help with in this effort to keep our children safe.

  1. Instruct children to use crosswalks when walking to and from school. This is especially important on busy streets, such as Maple near Searcy-McRae Elementary and Race near Ahlf Junior High. The Maple Street crosswalk is near Cherry and usually has a police officer to assist students across the street.
  2. Drivers need to be aware of school zones and be alert as children are arriving to and leaving school. When approaching a crosswalk, be prepared to stop – and do so if there is anyone present trying to cross.

These two tasks seem very simple but can provide the citizens of Searcy with a safer community.

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.

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

AHTD distributes free state highway maps

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 2011 Arkansas State Highway Map is now available from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), according to AHTD Director Dan Flowers.

The maps may be obtained at no charge from any of the Highway Department’s District Headquarters and at all Arkansas Welcome Centers.  They are also available at the AHTD Central Office at 10324 Interstate 30 in Little Rock, by phone at 501-569-2444 or online at www.arkansashighways.com.  To request one by mail, the address is AHTD, Map Sales Section, P.O.

AHTD modifies weight restriction plans

AHTD modifies weight restriction plans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -- The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has cut the number of new weight-restricted miles it plans to implement virtually in half on highways in north-central Arkansas by agreeing to further postpone weight restrictions on sections of three highways, according to Department officials.

“Based on comments heard at public meetings held recently, we have decided to hold off posting weight restrictions on sections of three highways, said Highway Commission member John Burkhalter of Little Rock. “That’s about a 50 percent reduction from the 133 miles we announced in January.

“Comments received at the meetings didn’t change the rapidly deteriorating conditions  that are occurring on those highways,” Burkhalter noted, “but they  have been useful in helping us determine how to best utilize the limited financial resources we have available.

Sanitation truck collision injures 2, spills fuel

Sanitation truck collision injures 2, spills fuel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.