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Director Dan Flowers
Looking back at the year 2010, this has been a very busy and productive time for the Highway and Transportation Department.

The year saw Arkansas’ Economic Stimulus projects continue to move forward. We have funded 132 road projects using Stimulus funds. That translates into 296 miles of improvements on Arkansas highways. The projects have included a variety of things such as traffic signals, minor rehabilitation, roadway widening and Interstate rehabilitation. Stimulus spending even included a roundabout in North Little Rock, an Arkansas Welcome Center in West Memphis and the replacement of two tugboats for the Peel Ferry on Bull Shoals Lake.

The Department had the pleasure of hosting the 69th annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) at the close of the summer.

Transportation leaders from across the country, and representing 13 states, came together in Little Rock to focus attention on the challenges our industry faces both today and in the future. Among the special guests who addressed our group were Governor Mike Beebe and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater. Over 15 technical sessions were offered to participants over the four-day event. A “Trade Show and Equipment Expo” featured over 100 booths.

As hosts, we also had the opportunity to showcase two of Little Rock’s finest attractions as we hosted events at Heifer International Headquarters and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

A conference such as the one we hosted wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our AHTD staff. An executive committee, made up of Ralph Hall, Frank Vozel, Larry Dickerson and Crystal Woods began work months in advance of the event. A total of twenty committees worked on various assignments coordinating everything you could possibly imagine to make the event successful. Approximately 160 staff members worked on the event as it got underway at the Statehouse Convention Center. The Department has had numerous compliments on how successful the conference was and thanks go to everyone involved. The event wouldn't have been successful without your hard work.

Thanks also go to 55 corporations from across the country that helped make the SASHTO conference possible.

Department officials joined with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to cut the ribbon on the new Highway 82 Bridge over the Mississippi River near Lake Village this summer. It is the longest cable-stayed bridge on the Mississippi River and an impressive new landmark for southeast Arkansas.


 

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