- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is planning to print only half of the paper maps of state highways that it has been producing every year for the past decade.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1WVjXpt ) reports that the department will print 500,000 paper maps beginning this year. Starting next year, the department will update the maps only every two years instead of annually.

Department officials say the changes will more closely align production with demand, which has fallen as satellite-based navigation systems have become available on smartphones and in many vehicles. The department still has 300,000 of the 1 million maps printed in 2014, the latest year for which the information is available.

Officials say printing fewer maps won’t make a large financial difference for the department.

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

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