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Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors

Uber execs present their case to Little Rock directors


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- For the first time since the Uber debate came to Little Rock, executives with the ride sharing startup were in town presenting to the city's board of directors.

"The residents and visitors have spoken very loud and clear that they would like Uber to be brought to Little Rock," said Uber Senior Public Policy Associate Dave Barmore. "I'm encouraged to be talking with you to see how we can make that happen."

Barmore told directors Uber is not a taxi service, but rather a technology startup matching ride seekers with nearby drivers looking to make some extra cash. "There is a strict vetting process in place to make sure that these drivers are safe and this process includes a nationally approved background check vendor," he added. "A lot of them are just residents looking to make some extra money on the weekend."

AHTD accepts bid of $98.4 million on Broadway Bridge

AHTD accepts bid of $98.4 million on Broadway Bridge


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 19, 2014) - The Arkansas Highway Commission and Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) have accepted the $98.4 million bid from Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri, to replace the Broadway Bridge crossing the Arkansas River between downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

This now becomes the single largest contract ever awarded by the Highway Commission.

The AHTD received four bids from across the country on the project:

  • Massman Construction Company: $98.4 million (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc.: $114.2 million (Plain, Wisconsin)
  • PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.: $114.4 million (Tampa, Florida)
  • Brasfield & Gorrie,LLC: $115.4 million (Birmingham, Alabama)

Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures

Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Interstate 630 pavement research will require weekend lane closures in Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews are taking pavement samples on the outside lanes of Interstate 630 between the Baptist Health exit and University Avenue. The work will reduce eastbound and westbound traffic to two lanes in the work zone.

The lane closures will be Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st, between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

The work is being conducted to prepare for the proposed widening I-630 between Baptist Hospital and University Avenue. This project is part of AHTD’s Connecting Arkansas Program. More information on this project is available at ConnectingArkansasProgram.com

City of Little Rock looking for Adopt-A-Street volunteers

City of Little Rock looking for Adopt-A-Street volunteers


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Keep Little Rock Beautiful and the city's Public Works department is looking for volunteers to do just that: tidy up the city.

They are looking for volunteers for the Adopt-A-Street program. The goal of the program is to beautify the city with volunteers willing to pick up litter and trash on selected streets.

Volunteers and groups identify a street (three to seven blocks or more) and pick up litter and trash at least six times per year. Public Works provides lists of available streets, signage, safety vests and litter bags, and scheduled pick up of trash collected.

Tuesday, Public Works employees volunteered during their lunch break to clean a street they adopted.

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets

Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you take Main Street through downtown Little Rock, you'll have to make other arrangements starting later this week.

Starting Wednesday at 7 a.m., Main Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed for at least 3 weeks.

The city says the closure is needed to continue progress on the Main Street 'Creative Corridor'.

The 300 block of Main Street will be one of the gateways to the Creative Corridor, featuring a plaza with rain and light gardens.


Little Rock already preparing for winter weather

Little Rock already preparing for winter weather


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)— On Tuesday night, the Little Rock board of directors approved a plan that will bring two new salt storage facilities to the city.

The city says the compounds will quicken response times when bad weather hits, and will also keep salt more readily available for road crews. It's in an effort to prevent problems like they saw this past winter.

"We have been in some serious discussions [about what to do this winter] already," said Little Rock Public Works coordinator Mark Jacobi.

Jacobi says the city has plans to add four more plows to its snow-fighting fleet as well.

"[It] kind of helps us in our initial response time - it also helps the drivers have closer turnaround times to the materials to refill their trucks," Jacobi elaborated.

CATA looking to increase low ridership

CATA looking to increase low ridership


LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - Fewer people are riding the bus in Central Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Transit Authority says they're down 5 percent in ridership from last year, saying the decrease came at the hands of this winter's weather.

"When it comes to level of investment in our system we're not at the top," said CATA executive director Jarod Varner.

In a day and age when there are more cars than people in the world the novel idea of public transportation can often be overlooked, and Varner wants to change that.

"I think there's room, much room for improvement when it comes to the service area as well as the frequency of service," he said.

Varner has had to implement cost saving measures that include lower fuel rates and fewer employee benefits to make up for the decrease in ridership.

"It comes at a time that we're being very introspective," he continued.