Arkansans Negotiating Construction Zones Better Than Out-of-State Motorists

November 26, 2003 - Posted at 8:11 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Numbers compiled by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department show that out-of-state motorists are more likely to be involved in construction-zone crashes than state residents.

The department has worked to inform Arkansans of the shifting work zones on the interstate system.  People driving into the state may not be as prepared.  Since a five-year, 350-mile construction project began in 2000, the numbers show out-of-state motorists have been at fault in about 60 percent of fatal accidents in work zones.

The department says it has gone beyond the state's borders to offer word about the construction but it's hard to identify who will be visiting the state.

The department is hopeful that motorists entering Arkansas from another state will take the time to learn about highway construction plans.  Radio stations have been set up at every spot where an interstate enters Arkansas, and three cover the Little Rock area.  (Each general station is at AM 1680.  Other stations covering specific construction zones are at different frequencies.)

Travelers can also find general highway construction information in brochures from the state Parks and Tourism Department and literature from the Arkansas Hospitality Association and Arkansas Trucking Association.

Road work in Region 8 this holiday weekend includes:

-One mile in both directions on Interstate-40 near Forrest City, and

-Four miles in both directions on I-55 between West Memphis and Memphis, Tennessee.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)