Rock Blasting Operations to Close Lanes on  U.S. Highway 70 in Garland County

Information Release
Arkansas Department of Transportation
September 8,  2017

GARLAND COUNTY (9-8) – Rock blasting operations will require 10-minute closures on U.S. Highway 70 in Garland County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, the rock blasting will occur Monday, September 11 through Friday, September 22. During the operations, traffic will be stopped once daily for 10 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. between Scenic Ridge Road and Summit Ridge Road.

Traffic on U.S. Highway 70 will be temporarily stopped as a safety precaution, and flagging operations will control traffic within the work zone. Watch for warning signs and safety personnel during the work. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes during construction, including U.S. Highway 270. The public is advised to be cautious when traveling in the work zone at reduced speeds, and speeding fines double within the work zone.

This project (Job CA0610) is part of ArDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program and includes widening 17.5 miles of U.S. Highway 70 from I-30 in Benton (Exit 111) west to the interchange with U.S. Highway 70 Business in Hot Springs (Exit 6). The highway is being widened to two lanes in each direction with a continuous center turn lane. The project is anticipated to be complete in mid 2018. More information on this $78.5 million project is available at

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

CAP News What is the Connecting Arkansas Program?

Through a voter-approved constitutional amendment, the people of Arkansas passed a 10-year, half-cent sales tax to improve highway and infrastructure projects.

CAP Projects Which Projects Are Being Funded By This program?

Thirty-six projects in 19 corridors across Arkansas are included in the CAP, which improves transportation connections to the four corners of Arkansas.

CAP Frequently Asked Questons Visit the FAQ Section For More Answers!

A collection of some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the Connecting Arkansas Program and the projects funded by the 10-year, half-cent sales tax.