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Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved bids for improvements to two busy roadways in central Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced Tuesday that the commission awarded a $2.1 million contract to resurface 6.2 miles of Maumelle Boulevard in Maumelle. The work will extend west from Interstate 430 to Murphy Drive.

The commission also awarded a $267,000 contract to resurface nearly 1 mile of McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. The work will extend east from North Hills Boulevard to U.S. 67.

Work on both projects is expected to begin in the next two to four weeks. The North Little Rock project is expected to be complete this spring with the Maumelle project wrapping up this fall.

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Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will officially begin a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony.

The ceremony will be Wednesday in Little Rock to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program. The program is funded with a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2012.

The first project is a six-mile portion of the new Bella Vista Bypass from Bentonville to Hiwasse in northwestern Arkansas. The Bella Vista Bypass is a multi-phased project to construct two lanes of an ultimate 19-mile four-lane Interstate.

The other 30 projects include widening and improvement to highways statewide.

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AHTD research will close lanes on I-430 in Little Rock

AHTD research will close lanes on I-430 in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Research work will require lane closures on Interstate 430 in Little Rock., according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be testing the friction of the driving surface. The work will affect the northbound and southbound outside lanes of Interstate 430 between Highway 10 (Cantrell Road) and the Arkansas River.

The lane closures will be Thursday, April 10th, weather permitting.  The northbound outside lane closure will be between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  The southbound outside lane closure will be between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Fly nonstop from Little Rock to New York City

Fly nonstop from Little Rock to New York City

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BHCNA) – Arkansans can now fly nonstop from Little Rock to New York City. Beginning today, American Airlines is offering daily service from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport to LaGuardia Airport. The 3 1⁄2 hour flight is scheduled to depart at 6:30am with return service planned for arrival in Little Rock at approximately 9:30pm.

Expect lane closures on Broadway Bridge next week

Expect lane closures on Broadway Bridge next week

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – A routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The work will require closing the southbound outside lane on Monday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 1st. The northbound outside lane will be closed Tuesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 2nd. Both closures will only occur between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs.

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has announced it will hold a series of Public Involvement Meetings across the state to obtain input from the public as it works to update the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Legends Room of the Jack Stephens Center (UALR Trojans basketball arena) on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on Central Arkansas issues.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sam’s Club Community Room of the Arvest Ballpark (enter through front gate) in Springdale. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on West and Northwest Arkansas issues.