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AHTD accepting applications for public transportation program

AHTD accepting applications for public transportation program

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is now accepting applications for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program is federally funded. It provides capital assistance in the form of discounted vehicles to agencies providing transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Smoke clouds traffic on I-430 Fri. afternoon

Smoke clouds traffic on I-430 Fri. afternoon

WEST LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Smoke coming from a dump truck clouded traffic on I-430 Friday.

While the smoke was extremely thick near the Big Rock Interchange, the Little Rock Fire Department didn’t respond. Fire Captain Jason Weaver said the driver was trying to get some overheated brakes under control, and fire wasn’t the problem.

The incident happened around 2 p.m.

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.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National expects large crowds for Thanksgiving travel

Bill and Hillary Clinton National expects large crowds for Thanksgiving travel

LITTLE ROCK,  ARK. (BHCNA) – Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is expecting high passenger volume during this Thanksgiving week.  According to TSA (Transportation Security Administration) figures, 33,511 passengers are estimated during this period, which began Friday, November 22nd and runs through Sunday, December 1st.  The projection is down just more than 5 percent from last year’s total of 35,269.  Sunday, December 1st is anticipated to be the busiest with 4,371 passengers.  Historically, the Thanksgiving holiday week is the busiest of the year for the state’s largest airport.

Throughout the holiday travel season, the airport will see more leisure passengers, many of whom do not travel as often.  Travelers will notice a new ticket lobby with additional kiosks for easier check-in, a new baggage screening system, curbside check-in offered by Southwest and Delta , a renovated baggage claim area plus the addition of TSA Pre✓™ .

‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19

‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Entergy) – For eight months workers from Koontz Electric have been installing arrays of high-tech LED lights on three downtown Little Rock bridges. On the evening of Dec. 19, the dazzling, multicolored display will be unveiled for the public for the first time.

The lights were made possible by donations to commemorate the company’s 100th year in business.

The public is encouraged to attend the official flipping of the switches during a program 5-8 p.m. at the First Security Amphitheater. Sporting new lights are the Main Street, Junction and Clinton Presidential Park bridges.

Hosts of the event, in addition to Entergy Arkansas, are, City of Little Rock, City of North Little Rock, Pulaski County Bridge Public Facilities Board, the Clinton Foundation, and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19

‘River Lights in the Rock’ to be Unveiled Dec. 19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Entergy) – For eight months workers from Koontz Electric have been installing arrays of high-tech LED lights on three downtown Little Rock bridges. On the evening of Dec. 19, the dazzling, multicolored display will be unveiled for the public for the first time.

The lights were made possible by donations to commemorate the company’s 100th year in business.

The public is encouraged to attend the official flipping of the switches during a program 5-8 p.m. at the First Security Amphitheater. Sporting new lights are the Main Street, Junction and Clinton Presidential Park bridges.

Hosts of the event, in addition to Entergy Arkansas, are, City of Little Rock, City of North Little Rock, Pulaski County Bridge Public Facilities Board, the Clinton Foundation, and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Testing will close lanes on I-40 in Pulaski County

Testing will close lanes on I-40 in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK (11-15) – Testing will require a lane closure on Interstate 40 in Pulaski County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be taking samples from Interstate 40 in preparation of its widening and modifications to the Interstate 40/430 Interchange. Bids for this project are scheduled for summer 2014.

The preparation work will require closing the Interstate 40 westbound outside lane extending from Highway 365 at Morgan to just east of the Interstate 40/430 Interchange.

The lane will be closed Monday, November 18th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.