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Through The Years: The 2020s (40 Years of Arkansas Business)

See highlights from Arkansas Business from 2020 until now. read more >
Evening rush hour traffic moves through the Interstate 30 Crossing construction zone in Little Rock on Nov. 23, 2021
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Infrastructure Deal Finally Gets Done

The windfall is expected to provide $3.6 billion for Arkansas roads and $278 million for bridge repair and replacement. read more >
A fracture in the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Arkansas and Memphis. The fracture led to the closure of the bridge for several months in 2021. 
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Report: I-40 Bridge’s Crack Likely Dates Back to 1970s

A weld fracture initially was not visible by conventional inspection and was not caught by an ultrasonic inspection in 1982. read more >
Socially distanced players enjoying the gaming at Southland this month.
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I-40 Bridge Closing Blocked Southland CasinoLock Icon

The three-and-a-half-month closing of the Hernando de Soto Bridge this year was costly for Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, just 8 miles from the span that crosses the Mississippi River. read more >
Grady Harvell,  president of  W&W/AFCO Steel in Little Rock
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W&W/AFCO Steel Feeds U.S. ConstructionLock Icon

The foundation of W&W/AFCO Steel’s Arkansas division is a 112-year track record of pre-engineered and custom fabrication. read more >
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reported $2.91 billion in quarterly revenue on July 19.
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Arkansas Transport Companies Hauling In Revenue

Things are going well for the state’s publicly traded transportation companies, and not just because the Interstate 40 bridge spanning the Mississippi River between Memphis and West Memphis finally reopened. read more >
The Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas at Memphis has been closed since a crack in the span was found on May 11.
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I-40 Bridge Linking Arkansas, Tennessee Fully Reopens

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee fully reopened Monday ahead of schedule following repairs to a crack that had shut down the span since early May. read more >
The Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas at Memphis has been closed since a crack in the span was found on May 11.
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I-40 Bridge Linking Arkansas, Tennessee Re-Opened

Authorities on Saturday night reopened the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that had been closed ever since a crack was discovered in the span in May. read more >
The Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas at Memphis has been closed since a crack in the span was found on May 11.
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I-40 Bridge Over Mississippi River to Begin Reopening

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was found in the span will begin reopening to traffic next week, transportation officials say. read more >
A view of the Hernando de Soto Bridge carrying I-40 from Arkansas into Tennessee, as seen from the Bass Pro Lookout atop the Memphis Pyramid.
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I-40 Bridge Nightmare Nearing End, With Luck

No official has given a hard date for when the six-lane Interstate 40 bridge across the Mississippi River will reopen for traffic, but it is beginning to look like the end of July is a good bet. read more >
Steve Frisbee, assistant chief engineer of operations, and Michael Hill, heavy bridge maintenance engineer, both of the Arkansas Department of Transportation
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ArDOT Engineers Review Troubled Bridge Over Water

Steve Frisbee and Michael Hill, engineers with ArDOT, say the fix of the I-40 bridge at Memphis will be a long-term repair. read more >
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Third-World Problems (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

For reasons that I cannot grasp, a depressing majority of Arkansans over age 16 — two out of three — are still not fully vaccinated against the disease that has killed almost 6,000 of our neighbors. read more >
Construction crews can be seen on the Hernando de Soto Bridge between Memphis and West Memphis in the above photograph stills taken from cameras operated by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the left and from the Tennessee Department of Transportation on the right.
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West Memphis Adjusting to Bridge Closure

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon says his town of approximately 25,000 has “probably” lost about $1.5 million in tax revenue. read more >
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Memphis Bridge Waves Red Flag for Infrastructure

The shutdown of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River and the subsequent logistical nightmare are shining a light on an age-old problem. America’s infrastructure is old. read more >
Mike Hill, the heavy-bridge maintenance engineer for the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department, on the Hernando de Soto Bridge that carries Interstate 40 across the Mississippi River.
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Mending Bridges a Constant Mission

Arkansas inspects its bridges at least once every two years — and more frequently for bridges that have earned a structurally deficient label — and Mike Hill insists the term sounds worse than it is. read more >