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ArDOT News Releases
« on: May 07, 2018, 11:18:55 AM »

I would like to set this thread up for general interest. This is akin to the MoDOT Letting Thread, but ArDOT News Releases.

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Danny Straessle/Britni Dumas
May 7, 2018

Improvements on Interstate 540 Require
Overnight Exit Closure in Van Buren

CRAWFORD COUNTY (5-7) – Improvements to Interstate 540 require temporary closure
of an exit at the I-540 northbound to I-40 westbound interchange, according to Arkansas
Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
Weather permitting, on Tuesday, May 8, crews will close the I-540 Northbound Exit 1A
from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to place asphalt and prepare for a high friction surface course
treatment.

Drivers will detour via Exit 1B to I-40 eastbound, Exit 13 to Highway 71, and then back to
I-40 westbound. Traffic will be controlled with signage, traffic drums, and barricades.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work
zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov.
You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 11:27:49 AM »

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Danny Straessle/Krista Sides
May 4, 2018
Routine Bridge Inspections Require Temporary
Lane Closures on Arkansas River Bridges

CRAWFORD & SEBASTIAN COUNTIES (5-4) – Routine bridge inspections require
temporary lane closures on the Arkansas River Bridges, according to Arkansas Department
of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting;
  • on Monday, May 7 crews will close the outside southbound lane of the
    I-540 Arkansas River Bridge from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Starting on Tuesday, May 8 and continuing through Thursday, May 10 crews will
    alternatingly close the outside eastbound and westbound lanes of the
    U.S. Highway 64 Arkansas River Bridge from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Traffic will be controlled with signage and traffic cones. Drivers should exercise caution
when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel
information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2018, 05:36:12 PM »

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Danny Straessle/Krista Sides
May 11, 2018
Construction Requires Overnight Lane Closures on
U.S. Highway 70 in Garland and Saline Counties
GARLAND AND SALINE COUNTIES (5-11) – Construction work to widen U.S. Highway 70
requires rolling lane closures and traffic shifts on U.S. Highway 70 in Garland and Saline
counties, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, crews will mill rumble strips in the pavement along the shoulders and
on either side of the continuous left-turn lane. These milling operations will begin Monday,
May 14 through Saturday, May 19, between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.


When the center turn lane is being milled, vehicles traveling in the same direction as the
milling machine will be stopped for short periods and then released to go around the
pavement work. When the shoulders are being milled, traffic will be shifted to inside lanes
around the operations. This work will occur along the length of the project, between
Interstate 30 and a quarter mile west of the Cedar Creek Bridge.

Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes during construction, including U.S.
Highway 270. The public is advised to be cautious when traveling in the work zone at
reduced speeds, and speeding fines double within the work zone.

This project (Job CA0610) is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program and includes
widening 17.5 miles of U.S. Highway 70 from I-30 in Benton (Exit 111) west to the
interchange with U.S. Highway 70 Business in Hot Springs (Exit 6). The highway is being
widened to two lanes in each direction with a continuous center turn lane. The project is
anticipated to be complete in mid 2018. More information on this $78.5 million project is
available at ConnectingArkansasProgram.com.

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work
zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov.
You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 05:48:19 PM »

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Danny Straessle/Britni Dumas
May 11, 2018

Improvements to U.S. Highway 67
Require Traffic Shift in Jacksonville

PULASKI COUNTY (5-11) – Construction work on U.S. Highway 67 requires lane closures
in Jacksonville, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, beginning Monday, May 14 and continuing thru Friday, May 18,
southbound traffic will be temporarily reduced to one lane between the hours of 9:00 p.m.
and 5:00 a.m. from Main St. to Redmond Rd to allow for removal of barrier wall and
installation of final pavement markings. Once complete, all southbound lanes and the Main
St. entrance ramp to southbound U.S. Highway 67 will be open to traffic.

Traffic will be controlled with signage and traffic barrels. Drivers should exercise caution
when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel
information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also
follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2018, 10:49:07 PM »

Is US 70 east of Hot Springs going to be a 5 lane "Arkansas Freeway" or perhaps a 4 lane undivided road like US 270 between Hot Springs and Malvern is?

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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 11:50:36 PM »

Is US 70 east of Hot Springs going to be a 5 lane "Arkansas Freeway" or perhaps a 4 lane undivided road like US 270 between Hot Springs and Malvern is?

4 lane undivided.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2018, 11:52:31 PM »

Yes it will. Hopefully the speed limit will increase too once the project complete
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2018, 12:12:19 AM »

Is US 70 east of Hot Springs going to be a 5 lane "Arkansas Freeway" or perhaps a 4 lane undivided road like US 270 between Hot Springs and Malvern is?

4 lane undivided.

Just a double yellow line in the middle? There will still be some bad crashes along that highway. It's very dangerous now. As curvy and hilly as it is, there should be something in between the lanes, whether just a turning lane or (preferably) a median. Perhaps they will eventually upgrade it with a Jersey barrier median like they did on some sections of US 65 south of Pine Bluff.

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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2018, 12:15:31 AM »

Is US 70 east of Hot Springs going to be a 5 lane "Arkansas Freeway" or perhaps a 4 lane undivided road like US 270 between Hot Springs and Malvern is?

4 lane undivided.

Just a double yellow line in the middle? There will still be some bad crashes along that highway. It's very dangerous now. As curvy and hilly as it is, there should be something in between the lanes, whether just a turning lane or (preferably) a median. Perhaps they will eventually upgrade it with a Jersey barrier median like they did on some sections of US 65 south of Pine Bluff.

There is a turn lane the middle though. I do have a few pictures of the road if you want to look at those.

Yes it will. Hopefully the speed limit will increase too once the project complete

All of the speed limit signs are covered up. I'm pretty sure the speed limit will be 60 once everything's out of the way.
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2018, 12:33:14 AM »

There is a turn lane the middle though. I do have a few pictures of the road if you want to look at those.

I'd love to see the pictures. I was born and grew up in Mena in west-central Arkansas and lived there most of my life. I haven't been back to central Arkansas except for a couple of times in the 11 years I've lived in Tulsa, so I'd be interested in seeing any pictures of that area. I'd especially like to see pictures of US 70 and US 270 on both sides of Hot Springs. I haven't been that way in a long time.

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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2018, 03:30:09 AM »

Yes it will. Hopefully the speed limit will increase too once the project complete
Don't get your hopes up folks! There are plenty of five lane examples with low speed limits, but don't forget to add whatever the hell someone feels like driving at that day.
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2018, 02:42:04 PM »

There is a turn lane the middle though. I do have a few pictures of the road if you want to look at those.

I'd love to see the pictures. I was born and grew up in Mena in west-central Arkansas and lived there most of my life. I haven't been back to central Arkansas except for a couple of times in the 11 years I've lived in Tulsa, so I'd be interested in seeing any pictures of that area. I'd especially like to see pictures of US 70 and US 270 on both sides of Hot Springs. I haven't been that way in a long time.

Sorry about the late reply. I took these on the 10th.





Almost everything is done here. They just gotta remove the barrels and activate the traffic light (Yes, there will be a traffic light at the intersection of US-70 and AR-128) and everything's finished. However, there was an electronic sign that said that the signal will officially be activated on I think May 22nd or 23rd. I'm assuming the barrels will also be removed the same day if not a few days before.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2018, 11:02:24 AM »

Contact:
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Danny Straessle/Britni Dumas
May 16, 2018
Bridge Pier Demolition to Temporarily Close Interstate 30
and U. S. Highway 67 In Hempstead and Miller Counties

FULTON COUNTY (5-16) – Demolition of three concrete piers of the old Interstate 30 Bridge
over the Red River will require a brief closure of Interstate 30 and U. S. Highway 67 in
southwest Arkansas on the afternoon of May 17, 2018, according to Arkansas Department of
Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, crews with Jensen Construction plan to close all eastbound and
westbound lanes of Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 67 on Thursday, May 17th, beginning at
6:30 p.m. for a blasting operation to remove concrete piers in the river channel.

Interstate 30 westbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 18 in Hempstead County.
Eastbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 16 in Miller County.

Eastbound U.S. Highway 67 traffic will be stopped near Mile Marker 16, just west of the Boll
Weevil Convenience Store. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Intersection of Highways
355 and 67 in Fulton, near Suny’s Food Mart & Deli.

The closures should last for approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete the detonation.
The project to replace the Interstate 30 Red River Bridge was awarded to Jensen
Construction in June of 2015 for $37,192,629. It is estimated the project will be substantially
complete in June 2018.

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work
zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You
can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 11:11:31 AM »

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NR 18-154
Danny Straessle/Krista Sides
May 16, 2018
Improvements Require Traffic Shifts and
Lane Closures on Pine Bluff Bypass

JEFFERSON COUNTY (5-16) – Construction work on Interstate 530 in Jefferson County
requires a traffic shift, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)
officials.

Weather permitting, the traffic shifts will begin Thursday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m. beginning
at mile marker 41 and ending at mile marker 45 until the improvements are complete.
To allow for improvements of the I-530 northbound lanes, northbound traffic will be shifted
onto the southbound lanes, resulting in one lane of southbound traffic and one lane of
northbound traffic.

Traffic will be separated by tubular markers. Drivers should exercise caution when
approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information
can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter
@myARDOT.
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Re: ArDOT News Releases
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 01:47:30 PM »

Contact:
NR 18-153
Danny Straessle/Britni Dumas
May 16, 2018
Bridge Pier Demolition to Temporarily Close Interstate 30
and U. S. Highway 67 In Hempstead and Miller Counties

FULTON COUNTY (5-16) – Demolition of three concrete piers of the old Interstate 30 Bridge
over the Red River will require a brief closure of Interstate 30 and U. S. Highway 67 in
southwest Arkansas on the afternoon of May 17, 2018, according to Arkansas Department of
Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, crews with Jensen Construction plan to close all eastbound and
westbound lanes of Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 67 on Thursday, May 17th, beginning at
6:30 p.m. for a blasting operation to remove concrete piers in the river channel.

Interstate 30 westbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 18 in Hempstead County.
Eastbound lanes will be closed at Mile Marker 16 in Miller County.

Eastbound U.S. Highway 67 traffic will be stopped near Mile Marker 16, just west of the Boll
Weevil Convenience Store. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the Intersection of Highways
355 and 67 in Fulton, near Suny’s Food Mart & Deli.

The closures should last for approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete the detonation.
The project to replace the Interstate 30 Red River Bridge was awarded to Jensen
Construction in June of 2015 for $37,192,629. It is estimated the project will be substantially
complete in June 2018.

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work
zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You
can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.
They goofed here. It’s the city of Fulton, not the county, which on the opposite side of the state.

(By the way, a bypassing trip over the Red River on 67 will take you to the Boll Weevil, which has among the best fried catfish I’ve ever had.)
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