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Lane closures for I-30 Bridge Oct. 27

Lane closures for I-30 Bridge Oct. 27

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD)A routine bridge inspection on Interstate 30 will require lane closures on the Arkansas River Bridge in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The work will require the eastbound and westbound outside lanes to be closed on the bridge.  The closures will be Sunday, October 27th between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.  Traffic will be controlled using cones and warning signs. 

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

(Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Deparment)

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wednesday is the first day of National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is releasing its latest rankings among bicycle friendly states. The results show that Arkansas is making great strides in improving its accommodation of cyclists.

Arkansas moved up 13 spots in the survey, the second largest jump in the entire country. Arkansas is now number 37 among the 50 states. Just last year, Arkansas was at the bottom of the list.  

“The bicycling culture in Arkansas has grown more popular in recent years and we are responding,” says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.  “The results serve as an affirmation that our statewide efforts are making a real difference in The Natural State.”

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

Once again, the annual Earth Week observance at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will actually stretch over two full weeks this year in order to accommodate several large groups of visiting students from five different Arkansas schools. In addition, a presentation for grown-ups about green building construction is scheduled, and the observance will conclude with the annual presentation of the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (ENVY Award), recognizing the efforts of an individual or organization to protect and enhance the state’s natural resources.

Cabot Clean-up March 16

Cabot Clean-up March 16

Cabot City Beautiful, Inc. and City Of Cabot co-sponsor Citywide Clean-Up/HHW Drop-Off

Time is drawing near for the next “Cabot Clean-Up Day”, the annual spring effort to pick up trash and litter from around our city.  This event will again be co-sponsored by the City of Cabot & Cabot City Beautiful, and will be held in conjunction with the national “Great American Clean-Up” Campaign & statewide “Keep Arkansas Beautiful” Month.

 “Cabot Clean-Up & Hazardous Waste Round-Up 2013” will be Sat., March 16 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Everyone in the Cabot area is encouraged to participate in this city-wide cleanup endeavor: Civic & service organizations, church & youth groups, school groups & clubs, scouting groups, individuals, families, neighborhoods & businesses.

Earthquake drills to be held in Lonoke County

Earthquake drills to be held in Lonoke County

On the Feb. 7 around 8:00 am, the Sheriff’s Office will be taking part in an earthquake preparedness exercise in Lonoke County.  There will be numerous state, county, and federal agencies taking part in the exercise.  Other surrounding counties will also being taking part. 

This exercise is directed towards emergency response in the event an earthquake from the New Madrid Fault System should occur.

Corp opens visitors' center at Table Rock Lake

Corp opens visitors' center at Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. -- The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District held a ribbon cutting ceremony April 27 for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake near Branson.

The $10.8 million center, which is situated near the dam and the Corps’ project office, is one of a handful of regional Class A facilities in the Corps nationwide.  The 15,000-square-foot facility will have three functional areas: the visitor area, which will include exhibits, a 75-seat theater and a gift shop; the educational area, which will include a multi-purpose room and wet lab; and an administrative office area.

The engaging exhibits emphasize Table Rock dam, lake and powerhouse.  They depict how this project fits into the entire White River Basin.  There are fascinating interactive displays about the Ozark Mountain region and its unique culture and ecosystems.