Arkansas


ARDOT Fires Inspector Who Overlooked Crack in River Bridge in 2019

As the investigation continues as to why a significant beam fracture occurred on the I-40 bridge across the Mississippi River, an inspector with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) who checked the 48-year-old structure in 2019 and failed to discover the crack, has been fired and may face criminal charges....


Arkansas Embarks On Biggest-Ever Highway Construction Program

The state of Arkansas embarked on its biggest highway construction program ever undertaken by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, and the people couldn't be more excited. "Arkansas is a small state with a population of just three million, but this project touches every corner of the state, with a total of 36 projects in 19 corridors," said Keli Wylie, administrator of the CAP Program and alternative project delivery administrator....


Centralized Creative Arts School Starts Construction in Fort Smith, Ark.

A centralized location for students in the Fort Smith, Ark., region to learn the arts — a brand new concept in Arkansas — is one step closer to fruition. Community School of the Arts administration and public officials broke ground on the school's $7.5 million Center for the Creative Arts on March 17, thus beginning its construction just north of the U.S....


Koss Construction Keeps I-555 Job On Track

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) is currently working on a project to reconstruct approximately 4.716 mi. of Interstate 555 through Jonesboro. Additional work includes overlaying five overpasses along I-555 and hydrodemolition and overlay of four bridges on I-555....


Easing Missouri/Arkansas Border Bottleneck

Crews are working six days a week on a $70 million project that will complete the final 5 mi. of I-49 in Missouri between Pineville and the Missouri/ Arkansas border. When the I-49 Connector is completed, I-49 will stretch 290 mi....


To Save on Costs, ARDOT Replacing Five Bridges at Once

Drivers in the Fort Smith, Ark., area can expect to come across bridge replacements in Crawford and Sebastian counties. The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is replacing five bridges in the two counties at a cost of just over $8 million....


Demo, Expansion on Track at Arkansas's Benton County Courthouse

Demolition work for Benton County, Arkansas's courthouse expansion is chugging along despite recent bad weather, county officials said Dec. 19. DT Specialized Services of Tulsa, Okla., started the demo Dec....


Repairs Begin on Arkansas Pump Stations Damaged in 2019 Flood

A year and a half after the historic flooding of the Arkansas River in May 2019 damaged several Fort Smith, Ark., pump stations, more than $4 million in much-needed repairs are finally under way. There is a total of 13 building permits for repairs to the pump stations by Russellville, Ark.-based Van Horn Construction Inc....


Fort Smith, Ark., Schools Begins Building Peak Innovation Center

Arkansas' Fort Smith Public Schools (FSPS) plans to open its multi-million-dollar Peak Innovation Center for the 2021-22 school year. On Dec. 7, the school system and its partner, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS), co-hosted a groundbreaking for the facility....


Plans Announced for New Health Institute in Northwest Arkansas

Bentonville, Ark.'s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Dec. 14 announced its plans for the construction of a Whole Health Institute building on the museum's 120-acre grounds. Established by Walmart heiress Alice Walton earlier in 2020, the Whole Health Institute focuses on "radically redesigning the systems that impact health and well-being with the ultimate goal of making Whole Health affordable and accessible to everyone," according to its website....






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