A challenge now underway to widen Albert Pike Highway (Freeway 270) to 5 lanes would require closing Haven Hill Lane for a number of days starting Wednesday, the Arkansas Division of Transportation stated this week.
Additionally, on Friday, ArDOT and the Arkansas Freeway Fee urged a unified effort between residents and staff to extend work zone security following two ArDOT worker deaths in work zones in a matter of weeks.
Climate allowing, crews will briefly shut entry to Haven Hill Lane at its reference to Albert Pike on Wednesday and proceed by means of Friday.
“It will allow crews to put in a field culvert as they proceed to widen Freeway 270,” a information launch stated.
Site visitors will probably be managed with message boards, signage, and building barrels. Detour routes for Haven Hill Lane and its connecting neighborhood will probably be signed to make use of Disney Road.
(An ArDOT map accompanying this text reveals the work space.)
The challenge is a part of ArDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program and consists of widening 1.5 miles of Albert Pike to 5 lanes and bike lanes, extending usually from Fleetwood Drive to Freeway 227. The challenge additionally consists of enhancements to the interchange with Freeway 227.
Extra info on the $22.6 million challenge is obtainable at http://www.ConnectingArkansasProgram.com.
The general public is requested to be cautious when touring within the work zone and look ahead to slower visitors speeds, the division stated, and in a separate statewide information launch urged further warning round work zones following the current deaths of two staff.
ArDOT is “conducting a radical assessment of the incidents to verify crews are following all the right security protocols in work zones,” the discharge stated, and can be asking residents to assist by practising protected driving by means of work zones.
“We’re urging Arkansans to do their half: decelerate in work zones, keep off the telephone, and concentrate,” ArDOT Director Lorie Tudor stated within the launch. “It may take all of us working collectively to reverse this regarding pattern.”
Final fall, ArDOT started growth of a statewide work zone security marketing campaign, and on Feb. 2, ArDOT and business stakeholders, along with Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Freeway Police, will roll out the marketing campaign that features a “statewide elevated enforcement of reckless and distracted driving legal guidelines in work zones.”
“On behalf of the Arkansas Freeway Fee, we’re deeply saddened and anxious by the alarming rise in work zone crashes, accidents and deaths in Arkansas — particularly the 2 most up-to-date deaths prior to now month,” Robert Moore, fee chair, stated within the launch. “Our hearts exit to the households whose family members went to work someday and by no means made it residence.”