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The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

North Little Rock, Ark. – With heavy rainfall in Arkansas expected to last into Thursday, it is important to remember a few flood safety facts. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related according to the National Weather Service.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) urges people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways because drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

Know the 'RED Zones' in your area

RED Zones are Arkansas highway projects that have significantly reduced capacity that can lead to travel delays. Find them under the Know the RED Zones icon at www.ArkansasHighways.com.

Motorists are encouraged to Know the RED Zones and plan trips accordingly. Drivers can help reduce congestion through these areas by considering alternate routes or changing their time of travel.

Truckers can find information for weight restricted bridges and highways on alternate routes under the RED Zones icon.

Whether you drive through the RED Zones or opt to use an alternate route, follow the tips below.

RED Zone Travel Tips

Main St. bridge to be repaired

Main St. bridge to be repaired

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- Crews performing guardrail repairs to the Main Street Bridge on Highway 67 in Jacksonville will require a lane closure next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The repairs will require the northbound, inside lane to be closed beginning Wednesday, January 18 and continuing through Friday, January 20.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. 

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.     

Base gate slated for repairs

Base gate slated for repairs

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. – The base is scheduled to begin sustainment and repair of inbound and outbound lanes at the front (Vandenberg) gate Nov. 28, 2011, with a tentative completion date of Dec. 9, 2011. Dates are estimates and subject to change due to weather and unforeseen site conditions. a flagger will be present to assist you through the construction area. Harris Road gate will continue normal hours of operation (6:30-9 a.m. & 2:30-5:00 pm.). We stress the use of elevated caution when entering and exiting the base through the main gate. Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve and sustain the base!

Construction will start at 9 a.m. daily and a flagger will be present to assist vehicles through the construction area. Harris Road gate will continue normal hours of operation (6:30-9 a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m.).  

Once construction starts the left turn from Vandenberg Boulevard onto Marshall Road will not be available.

Bridge repairs to require lane closure

Bridge repairs to require lane closure

Crews repairing a bridge railing on the Main Street overpass of Highway 67 in Jacksonville will require a lane closure next week, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The repairs will require the southbound, inside lane to be closed beginning Monday, November 14 and continuing through Friday, November 18.  The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting. 

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.

Power lines, wreck cause problems on 67/167

Power lines, wreck cause problems on 67/167

Power lines have fallen across Highway 67/167. There is also a wreck at the location where the lines are down.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says he can’t say if the accident caused the lines to fall.

Northbound and southbound traffic is being diverted near the Hwy 5 exit. Sadler says it could take at least an hour to clear the scene.