Westbound I-40 closed, eastbound lanes still open

Westbound I-40 closed, eastbound lanes still open

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 remain open while 23 miles of westbound lanes from Brinkley to Hazen are closed because of flooding from the rain-swollen White River.
HAZEN, Ark. (AP) - Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 remain open while 23 miles of westbound lanes from Brinkley to Hazen are closed because of flooding from the rain-swollen White River.

Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department spokesman Glenn Bolick said Thursday morning that westbound drivers are being diverted off I-40 at Brinkley for a 120 mile detour to get to Little Rock. Brinkley is about 70 miles east of Little Rock.

Bolick said flooding appears imminent on the eastbound side and those lanes may also be shut down. He said it's not clear how deep the water is and that the biggest concern is that portions of the road may have been washed away.

He said he hopes westbound lanes can reopen Friday or Saturday - but they may remain closed until Monday.

 

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