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Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project

Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Conway have approved a plan to rededicate and extend a sales tax to support the redevelopment of the city's former airport into a shopping and restaurant area.

Voters on Tuesday easily approved the measure, which authorizes the city to rededicate an existing 1/8th percent sales tax. The tax will allow the issuance of about $21 million in municipal bonds that will support infrastructure for the planned Central Landing center.

The tax had been set to expire in 2021 but is now extended until 2045.

Plans for the Central Landing project include a department store, shops, restaurants and residential housing. The project is to be built at the site of the city's former airport, which is being replaced by a new airport that recently opened.

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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.

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

Arkansas panel OKs projects for Pulaski Co. roads

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved bids for improvements to two busy roadways in central Arkansas.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced Tuesday that the commission awarded a $2.1 million contract to resurface 6.2 miles of Maumelle Boulevard in Maumelle. The work will extend west from Interstate 430 to Murphy Drive.

The commission also awarded a $267,000 contract to resurface nearly 1 mile of McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock. The work will extend east from North Hills Boulevard to U.S. 67.

Work on both projects is expected to begin in the next two to four weeks. The North Little Rock project is expected to be complete this spring with the Maumelle project wrapping up this fall.

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One lane on Hwy 60 across Toad Suck Dam to close until April 21

One lane on Hwy 60 across Toad Suck Dam to close until April 21

CONWAY, Ark. (ACE) - The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District is closing one lane of Highway 60 across Toad Suck Lock and Dam from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. April 21 to allow personnel to inspect the bridge.

Officials regret any inconvenience this may cause, and asks for the public's cooperation until the work is complete. The closure is being coordinated with emergency services and law enforcement agencies.  Corps officials ask travelers to plan alternate routes and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

News and recreation information can be found at www.about.me/usacelittlerock.

(Source: Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District)

City approves $300,000 for bridge inspection

City approves $300,000 for bridge inspection

The Conway Chamber of Commerce approved spending “up to $300,000” for third-party engineering inspection for a planned bridge over Sturgis Road on Tuesday night, amending the contract with

 

The inspector, a Garver Engineering employee, will make sure that steel reinforcing bar (rebar) is installed correctly and that the correct types of concrete are used, among other things, City Engineer Ronnie Hall said. About $160,000 will go to this inspector, with the remainder going for Garver Engineering review of plans for the bridge.

 

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AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

AHTD suspends some projects due to uncertainty in funding

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has withdrawn ten construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of Federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.  

The United State Department of Transportation has projected that the Federal Highway Trust Fund will run short of funds as early as July of this year without Congressional action.  Because of this uncertainty, the AHTD has evaluated State and Federal funding that will be available and reduced the number of construction projects planned because of the possible inability of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to provide timely and full reimbursements to Arkansas.

The ten Federal-aid projects that have been pulled from the Department’s April bid letting total approximately $60 million and include:

Chicot – Hwy 165; Rehabilitation of 4.3 miles

Markham Street vision includes bike lanes, green space

Markham Street vision includes bike lanes, green space

Brad Lonberger, principal at Gateway Planning Group, said he and his team are at a great point in the revitalization — not redevelopment — of the Markham Street area.

The group is hoping to develop a business plan and process that other communities will be able to use.

At Wednesday night’s Jump Start Markham Street Public Meeting, Gateway Planning presented “contact sensitive solutions” that create outdoor living spaces where people want to live, walk, dine and recreate.

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