- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Highway Commission has identified a section of a Little Rock road as one of the state’s most congested highways.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Xqp6Up ) reports that the section of Cantrell Road, between Perryville Road and Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock’s Midtown area, was among a dozen “hot spots” the commission approved for studies this month to determine the need for and feasibility of improvements.

The segment of Cantrell, also known as Arkansas 10, was one of two state highway sections in Pulaski County that Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department staff recommended be examined. The section was part of Colonel Glenn Road between Bowman Road and Arkansas 5.

Other “hot spots” included five state highway segments in Washington and Benton counties, two in Garland County and one in Saline County.

“They are high up on our radar so we’re going to figure out what is it that we need to do,” said Lorie Tudor, the department’s deputy director and chief operating officer.

Tudor said that once the studies are complete, the department will identify what the needs are and begin making improvements. The projects will be added to the state’s overall transportation improvement program, a rolling four-year plan for road construction.

The department’s running list of needed improvements hasn’t been updated since 2007.

Arkansas highway needs - such as capacity needs, system preservation and other improvements - have been estimated to be more than $19 billion over 10 years. It’s more than double the estimated revenue over that period, about $8 billion.

Tudor said the commission and department have focused on system preservation, committing 80 percent of its federal and state revenue to it.

The “hot spots” are part of the Arkansas Primary Highway Network, which includes nearly half of the state’s more than 16,000-mile highway system but carries more than 90 percent of the traffic.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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