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Motorists reminded about IDrive Arkansas

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The Automobile Association of America estimates that 46 million people will travel to their Thanksgiving destinations.  As people travel through Arkansas, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is reminding motorists about IDrive Arkansas.  The website and app for smartphones can give the latest information on work zones and highway congestion.  Danny Straessley is Public Information Officer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and tells about idrivearkansas.com.

“It is a map-based website that we have that illustrates the highway system, it shows live traffic and shows where traffic congestions is located at, and it shows where every single works zone is in the state.”

Danny Straessley.  He says over 70 work zones will be up across the state, which means that motorists should slow down and watch the distance between vehicles while in work zones.  Straessley tells where traffic will be down to one lane.

“This is probably the least amount of lane miles that we have closed in the state at 11.  Lane closures are located on I-30 in Little Rock and on I-530 near White Hall in Jefferson County.” 

Straessley says there are numerous work zones that are up in this part of the state.  He gives an update on West Memphis road work.

“Traffic is expected to move smoothly through West Memphis.  There are no lane closures on I-40 in West Memphis.  There is not a lot of construction going on in West Memphis, either.  A lot of work has been completed in West Memphis.”

He tells where road work is also taking place in the area.

“There are work zones on sections of I-55 near Blytheville, I-40 has a couple of sections, and in northeast Arkansas on US Highway 63 near Marked Tree.  Please remember that there are also work zones in other parts of the state and that you should slow down while in work zones.”

More information can be found here.