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Check for flooded roads in your area

Check for flooded roads in your area

As Arkansans face the dangers of flooding due to heavy rains, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has released an updated list of road closures around the state. Motorists are encouraged to check the advisory and plan alternate routes. 

Harding professor and students develop traffic, officer safety software

Harding professor and students develop traffic, officer safety software

SEARCY, Ark. — Since the fall 2010, students working under Dr. Dana Steil, assistant professor of computer science at Harding University, have been given the opportunity to contribute to developing software that goes directly into professional use, a task rarely offered to undergraduate students.

The program — Harding University Branch of the Center for Advanced Public Safety, or HUB-CAPS — employs the skills of eight upper-level Harding computer science students to develop software used by Alabama state and federal agencies, such as the department of transportation and state law enforcement agencies, to facilitate traffic and officer safety. Students are paid for 20 hours of work per week and are able to contribute to the advancements being made in traffic safety.

“Working for CAPS has been a fantastic experience,” senior computer science major Paul Sherrod of Alpharetta, Ga., said.

Highway Department considers alternate plan for extension

Highway Department considers alternate plan for extension

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, has reevaluated the three alternatives previously analyzed for the proposed extension of Highway 13 between Highway 267 and Highway 36 in White County. 

After consideration of the reevaluated information and the comments received at the recent public meeting, the AHTD has identified Alternative 2 as the preferred alternative.

New weight limits for highway traffic

New weight limits for highway traffic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  Beginning February 14, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will enforce new weight limits on several State Highways in the Fayetteville shale areas, according to AHTD officials. Arkansas Highway Police will strictly enforce the newly posted limits that have been established because of significant damage to the roadways from existing traffic.

The new restrictions are located on a total of 133 miles on 13 sections of highways in Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Independence, Van Buren and White Counties. Eight of those sections will drop from 80,000 pound limits to 73,280.

Police offer tips for safe driving

Police offer tips for safe driving

SEARCY, AR – Car wreck numbers are down in the first two weeks of 2011. The city of Searcy has had 50 wrecks this year with an average of less than four per day. If this trend continues, it could mean approximately 300 less vehicle accidents in 2011 than in 2010. While there are many factors that contribute to car accidents, one of the main contributors in Searcy is the volume of traffic. As the county seat, Searcy attracts thousands of people daily for schools, businesses, or as a main thoroughfare to other parts of the state. Now is the time to practice defensive driving and learn how to drive your vehicle in a safe manner.

There are many laws in our state to encourage us to be safe drivers. We have countless laws regarding speeding, traffic signals, school zones, and cell phone usage while driving. The laws are put in place to keep not only the driver safe, but also the passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.