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Championship boat races on Lake Ludwig

Championship boat races on Lake Ludwig

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Boat Racing Society is hosting the North/South Shootout Championship at Lake Ludwig in Clarksville on Saturday and Sunday. 

The championship boat races will feature the competition "stock and modified outboard hydroplane and runabout racing." There will be test racing Friday, May 15 from noon until 5 p.m. Racing will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m., and then again on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

A portion of the winnings will be donated to a local charity, M.A.C. Industries. Admission is free to the public. There will be vendors set up with food and drinks, and personal lawn chairs are encouraged. 

For more information, visit www.racenbra.net or you can contact the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce at (479) 754-2340. Racers and NBRA members should call Jeff Ruth at (479) 927-2847.

Improvements to HWY 7 require overnight lane closures in Dover

Improvements to HWY 7 require overnight lane closures in Dover

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 7 will require overnight lane closures in Dover, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The contractor crews will be resurfacing Highway 7. The work will extend 2.9 miles north of Linker Creek, located just south of Dover. The work will reduce northbound and southbound traffic to one lane.

The overnight lane closures will be Wednesday, September 24th through Wednesday, October 15th, between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., each night, excluding Sundays, weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and warning signs. This work had been scheduled to be complete by September 19th, but extra time is needed.

Blackstone Construction, LLC was awarded the contract at $777,770.78.

Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7

Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7 (Arkansas Avenue) in Russellville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be replacing a culvert beneath the roadway. The work will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Highway 64 (Main Street) and Parkway Drive.

The lane closures will be Sunday, June 22nd between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

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

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.

Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will officially begin a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony.

The ceremony will be Wednesday in Little Rock to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program. The program is funded with a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2012.

The first project is a six-mile portion of the new Bella Vista Bypass from Bentonville to Hiwasse in northwestern Arkansas. The Bella Vista Bypass is a multi-phased project to construct two lanes of an ultimate 19-mile four-lane Interstate.

The other 30 projects include widening and improvement to highways statewide.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

AHTD: Detour for Russellville on Hwy 64

AHTD: Detour for Russellville on Hwy 64

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 64 (Main Street) will require a detour in Russellville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing cross walks and improving drainage on Highway 64 (Main Street) between Highway 7 and Denver Avenue. Westbound traffic will be detoured using Highway 7, Parkway Avenue and El Paso Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured using Denver Avenue, 2nd Street and Highway 7.

The detours will be Saturday, March 22nd at 7:00 a.m. through Sunday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

AHTD: Lanes will temporarily close on I-40 through Pope County

AHTD: Lanes will temporarily close on I-40 through Pope County

LITTLE ROCK (2-21) – Inspections will require lane closures on Interstate 40 east and west of Russellville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Two crews will be inspecting pavement markers along Interstate 40. The work will extend from the Johnson/Franklin County line to exit 125 in Faulkner County. The work will require very short rolling lane closures affecting the outside lanes of eastbound and westbound traffic.

The lane closures will be Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using trucks with flashing lights and warning signs.