JULY 2, 2004 - Posted at 5:30 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Highway Department said that because Arkansas' Interstate Rehabilitation Program is almost complete, this year's Fourth of July weekend travelers won't see as much construction as they did in the past.
The state Highway Department said that starting today 15 miles of interstates will be reduced to one lane for construction over the holiday weekend. Twenty-four miles were narrowed last year, and 70 miles were narrowed in 2002.
The holiday weekend is expected to bring more vacationers to the roads and airports. The American Automobile Association reported nearly 40 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend. An overall three percent increase from last year.
This year's interstate closures will be on I-540 north of Alma, on I-30 near Malvern and on I-40, east of Ozark, east of Clarksville and east of Forrest City. Some stretches of highways, such as I-30 in Benton, have concrete barriers replacing the shoulders.