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Missouri, Arkansas celebrate ribbon cutting for I-49 Connector
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Gov. Mike Parson (R-Missouri) and Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas) recently joined together at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector. The connector includes the final 5 miles of the I-49 and I-29 corridor that stretches from North Dakota to Louisiana,…
October 06, 2021
Tennessee DOT to partially reopen I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced yesterday the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River will reopen under limited traffic while contractors finish the work. Contractors will have completed all the phase three plating by Friday. They will begin to demobilize…
July 29, 2021
Researcher aids Arkansas highway projects through subsurface analysis
Image: Clint Wood / University of Arkansas
A University of Arkansas geotechnical engineer is collaborating with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) to map subsurface conditions before road construction begins to identify issues early and help keep highway construction projects on track and on budget. Clint Wood, a civil…
June 07, 2021
Arkansas DOT confirms failure in I-40 bridge inspection process for past two years
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The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) this week confirmed that there was a failure in the bridge inspection process which allowed evidence of damage to the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge to go unnoticed, according to agency officials. “From our investigation we have determined that the…
May 19, 2021
Tennessee awards contract to repair cracking on I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge
Diagram of I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge identifying the location of the fracture. Image: Tennessee DOT
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced yesterday the emergency bridge repair project for the I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge has been awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure Group. TDOT says the selection was based on qualifications, experience, and availability of personnel and…
May 18, 2021
Cracking shuts down I-40 Mississippi River Bridge between Tennessee and Arkansas
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A routine bridge inspection of the I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge over the Mississippi River revealed a crack that requires further investigation, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. Contract crews will begin emergency repairs on the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge,…
May 12, 2021
State governments leveraged $29 billion in federal funds to advance $70 billion in highway improvements during FY 2020, according to new federal data. An interactive dashboard created by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) provides U.S. taxpayers, elected officials,…
March 16, 2021
Voters in Arkansas yesterday passed a ballot measure that would ensure a permanent half-cent sales tax to fund road and bridge projects in the state. According to KATV-TV, results reported this morning for the state's Issue 1 ballot measure showed 55% of voters in favor of the measure against just…
November 04, 2020
Construction employment decreased from June to July in 26 states and D.C. as earlier widespread job gains gave way to more project cancellations.  This is according to a recently released analysis by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America of government employment data. Association…
September 01, 2020
Arkansas River Lift Bridge rehabilitation project selects prime consultant
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It was recently announced that Modjeski and Masters was selected as the prime consultant for the Arkansas River Lift Bridge rehabilitation and improvement project in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The project is owned by the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad (AMRR). The team will complete a comprehensive…
August 06, 2020
Asphalt Pavement Alliance names Perpetual Pavement Award winners
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Twelve state DOTs were named winners of the 2019 Perpetual Pavement Award (PPA) by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). This is a record number of PPAs awarded in a single year since the awards were first presented in 2001. The award celebrates long-life asphalt pavements that reflect the…
May 29, 2020
National Work Zone Awareness Week 2020
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State DOTs across the country are recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The goal of the national campaign is to remind drivers that safety must always be top of mind when traveling through work zones. According to the Federal…
April 22, 2020
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