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Area interstates snarled by accidents on Friday

Area interstates snarled by accidents on Friday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Friday was a rough night on the area's interstates with 2 major traffic tie-ups including a fatal accident.

State police closed I-30 east bound near the Alcoa Road exit in Benton around 8 p.m. Multiple vehicles involved and med-flights needed to land on the road.

Earlier Friday afternoon, a lumber truck and a dump-truck wrecked along I-40 north of the Maumelle exit.

So far, there have been no reports of injuries in this accident, but traffic was backed up all the way into Little Rock to clear the mess.

AHTD conducts random truck road inspections the day after a fatal crash

AHTD conducts random truck road inspections the day after a fatal crash
BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - "Alright, how much air do you have?" Corporal Larry Curtis asked a truck driver. A day after a log truck lost its brakes and barreled down a hill injuring dozens and killing two, Arkansas Highway Police are conducting road checks.

Trucks like the one involved in Monday's crash require an annual inspection in addition to random road checks like the one along Interstate 30. As Curtis conducts one inspection he said, "You've got to make sure the pins are in on these sliding axels."

Watch story: http://on.kthv.com/1newthm

Improvements to Hwy 67 will require lane closures in Saline Co.

Improvements to Hwy 67 will require lane closures in Saline Co.

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 67 will require lane closures in Saline County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be resurfacing Highway 67. The work will extend from Highway 229 in Haskell to the Hot Spring County line. It will reduce traffic to one lane. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed due to loose material on the highway during the resurfacing process.

The lane closures will be Tuesday, May 13th through Thursday, May 15th, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and warning signs.

Wilkerson Road to close May 12

Wilkerson Road to close May 12

BRYANT, Ark. (BRYANT) - Due to the process of laying new gas lines across Wilkerson Road, it will be necessary for the city of Bryant Street Department to close this road on Monday, May 12, 2014 starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending when the work has been completed.

Detours will be through Elkhart Loop to Carmichael and will be posted. Large trucks will need to make alternate routes, as they will not be allowed through the detour, as this is a subdivision.

Again, Wilkerson road will be closed until the work has been completed.

If you have any question you can contract the street department at 501-943-0468

(Source: City of Bryant)

 

Bridge maintenance will require lane closures on I-630

Bridge maintenance will require lane closures on I-630

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge maintenance will require lane closures on Interstate 630 in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will perform maintenance on the Jonesboro Street and Fair Park Boulevard overpasses. The work will reduce westbound traffic on Interstate 630 to one lane. The inside and center lanes will be closed between mile markers 2 and 4.

The lane closures will be Sunday, May 4th between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists 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 @AHTD.

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.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

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.

Repairs to Hwy 35 will cause some lane closures

Repairs to Hwy 35 will cause some lane closures

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 35 will require lane closures in Grant County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be constructing asphalt shoulders on Highway 35. The work will extend from four miles north of Sheridan to the Saline County line. The work will reduce traffic to 1 lane.

The lane closures will be Monday, April 7th through Thursday, April 10th, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers, cones, and warning signs.

Motorists 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 @AHTD.