UPDATE! New Lanes to Open on U.S. Highway 70 in Garland and Saline Counties
Arkansas Department of Transportation
May 23, 2018
GARLAND AND SALINE COUNTIES (5-23) – Approximately 17.5 miles of newly constructed lanes on U.S. Highway 70 between Benton and Hot Springs are opening to traffic, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
Construction is nearing completion to widen U.S. Highway 70 to two travel lanes in each direction with a continuous center turn lane. Due to inclement weather that has impacted completion of the project, all travel lanes are anticipated to open to traffic after the Memorial Day Weekend. In preparation of this opening, various traffic lane shifts and closures will be in place over the next week between Interstate 30 in Benton (Exit 111) and the interchange with U.S. Highway 70 Business in Hot Springs.
Due to necessary adjustments, the new traffic signal at the intersection with State Highway 128 has been delayed until Wednesday, May 30, weather permitting.
Work began in January 2017 on this $78.5 million widening project. In addition to widening the highway and reconstructing four bridges, the project improved safety conditions by straightening highway curves, flattening ditch slopes, eliminating the limited-length passing lanes, providing a continuous center turn lane, and installing a traffic signal at State Highway 128 to make driving conditions safer.
This project (Job CA0610) is part of ARDOT's Connecting Arkansas Program, which is funded through a 10-year, half-cent sales tax. More information on this project is available at ConnectingArkansasProgram.com.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.