New year brings new construction projects for Arkansas roads

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the new year comes new construction projects and what looks to be a major year for Arkansas roads.

In early 2018 you'll see construction begin on the widening of I-630 from six to eight lanes between University Avenue and the Big Rock Interchange. They’ll also add live traffic cameras about every mile to I-30. 

It'll take about two years to complete, but Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Department of Transportation believes it will be a painless project for drivers.

"The good thing here is we're working on the outside so there shouldn’t be too much impact on the traffic," said Straessle.

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The second major road project in 2018 will begin around summertime. I-30 is being widened from Sevier Street to the Hot Springs exit in Saline County.

Both of these will be paid for with the half cent sales tax.

"The voters in 2012 said ‘hey, yes good roads do mean something to us, so much that were willing to pay a half cent sales tax for 10 years to pay for these improvements,’" said Straessle.

While major projects will begin, two major projects are expected to wrap up by the end of 2018: Construction on Highway 70 in Hot Springs and Highway 67 construction in Jacksonville.