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Posted: 09/16/12 02:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just traveled I-40 westbound from Memphis to Little Rock. We were advised to get off I-40 between Brinkley and Hazen to avoid construction and long delays. We exited I-40 and took hwy-70 for that distance (which runs parallel). That road was horrible. Rough, narrow, and no shoulder. We need to backtrack in about 3 weeks. Has anyone traveled I-40 in that area recently? I think I would rather go through construction than do hwy-70 again.

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Have not traveled from Brinkley to Little Rock lately, but traveled Little Rock west to Russellville a few weeks ago and the construction/road condition wasn't any worse than anyplace else I've seen lately. Only thing I would tell you is to problably not go thru Little Rock at rush hour.


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I-40 is one-lane both directions between miles 199.5 and 203.5 according to latest Arkansas Highway Dept. information. You can go through the construction if you want to, but one-lane traffic on a busy interstate usually means traffic gets backed up for miles at the merge point.

You might think about US 67 northbound from Little Rock, then US 64 eastbound to Memphis.

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I just did that run going west. Was a few traffic stops due to road work and some long single lane driving. I think it was worth the little slower drive to stay on I-40. I would guess I lost about 45 minutes of drive time.

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I went through there two weeks ago and it was moving right along. I was through there about noon and there were not any delays..The time before that I sat in traffic for about 30 mins. or so and it opened back up...it's all part of being on the road to me...


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I went through there in June. Spent 1 1/2 hours in the backup going west.
Used US 70 on the return and was well on my way to Memphis after construction before traffic that had passed me before construction passed me again. US 70 is not as rough as parts of I-40. Using the bypass is not a problem at 55 mph.

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Frankly, it's hard to say because it depends on the work that is being done on the highway when you go by. Much of that work has to do with building change lanes, etc and most of that work that involves stopping traffic is done for the time being. Work on closed lanes and bridges doesn't always require stopping traffic. Last time we went from LR to Memphis three weeks ago, we slowed to probably 50 mph through the entire construction zone, but no stopping. Same on the return trip from Memphis to LR. As you go east, you can check with westbound truckers if you have CB. Since you're driving a Phaeton... even if you stop... fix a sandwich... then go when you can.


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Hi from GA/Az. . . Just came East today (sans trlr)on I-40 and at 8 a.m. hit their rush hour. 22 miles West of Little Rock for about 20 miles, took 55 mins of stop & go. Lots of construction stuff, but it was pouring rain, so nobody was actually doing any. The second const. zone past L R was 1 lane, but again no workers, so no problem. The contruction on I-55 South at Memphis is awful, especially in a driving rainstorm ! ! ! regards, Craig


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Was on US 64 today (westbound from West Memphis/Marion near the I-40/I-55 junction).
It is rice-harvesting season, probably 20 farm 18-wheelers headed to/from elevators/fields for each over the road 18-wheeler I met, and probably true on US 70 as well.

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seahawk09 wrote:

Hi from GA/Az. . . Just came East today (sans trlr)on I-40 and at 8 a.m. hit their rush hour. 22 miles West of Little Rock for about 20 miles, took 55 mins of stop & go. Lots of construction stuff, but it was pouring rain, so nobody was actually doing any. The second const. zone past L R was 1 lane, but again no workers, so no problem. The contruction on I-55 South at Memphis is awful, especially in a driving rainstorm ! ! ! regards, Craig


For anyone crossing the Mississippi River from Arkansas at Memphis take the I-40 split (bear left) in West Memphis, not the I-55 leg.
Within 2-3 miles after crossing the river you will join I-240, bear left if heading east on I-40; bear right if headed to I-55 South. This completely avoids the construction.

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