Arkansas Transportation

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says another round of explosives will be detonated on part of what's left of the Broadway Bridge that connected Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Broadway Bridge
KATV, Channel 7 News

Explosives brought down two of three Broadway Bridge arches a day after detonation was postponed because of lightning.

Explosives placed in holes drilled in the arches were detonated at 8 a.m. Saturday, however one arch withstood the blast.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials say crews will use barges to bring down the arch.

On Tuesday, workers used explosives to try and take down an arch, but the structure stayed put. It took about five hours for crews to bring it down by attaching a cable to the bridge and pulling it down.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

It turns out a 93-year-old bridge deemed structurally deficient wasn't so weak after all.

Despite triggering explosives to bring down the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock on Tuesday, a demolition crew needed five hours to fell the structure. Severing the steel arch and bridge deck should have taken about 30 seconds.

Broadway Bridge
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

State highway crews are temporarily shutting down another roadway as workers continue demolishing the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Highway crews are shutting down a road in downtown North Little Rock as workers continue demolishing the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says Riverfront Drive will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. Friday between Karrott and Willow streets. The road will reopen Monday at 6 a.m.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Final preparations are being made before the Broadway Bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock closes Wednesday. It will then be demolished, with a new bridge built in its place, hopefully opening within six months. But in the meantime, officials fear having one less span across the Arkansas River will lead to traffic gridlock.

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt / Arkansas Business

The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a $5.9 million grant to Clinton National Airport in Little Rock to rehabilitate the Adams Field taxiway.

The funding was announced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman and Rep. French Hill.

The project calls for improving 2,500 feet of the existing Taxiway A pavement.

Airport director Ronald Mathieu said the grant will pay for upgrades that will accommodate larger cargo aircraft that are sometimes diverted to the airport.

Rock Region Metro transit buses CAT central arkansas transit
David Monteith / KUAR News

A central Arkansas agency is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal funding to improve bus services.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced on Thursday nearly $211 million in funding nationwide as part of its bus and bus facilities grant program. The funding is targeted at purchasing new buses and improving and replacing bus-related facilities.

The Central Arkansas Transit Authority, which operates Rock Region Metro, is receiving $1.65 million to purchase compressed natural gas buses to replace older vehicles.

Rock Island Choctaw Station
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former employees of the Rock Island Railroad joined officials from the Clinton Foundation and Clinton School of Public Service on Monday, August 29, to unveil a vintage sign attached to the brick facade of what was the railroad’s longtime Little Rock passenger station. Today the two organizations, aligned with Bill Clinton’s neighboring presidential library, have offices in the restored building.

Broadway Bridge
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas highway officials say the nearly 94-year-old bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock will close Sept. 28 as crews demolish the span and work on its replacement.

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