New Pavement Treatment May Help Arkansas Reduce Wet-Weather Crashes

April 15, 2014

About two dozen highways in Arkansas are set to receive a new pavement treatment that’s aimed at reducing crashes during wet weather.

The pavement treatment is now used on some Arkansas interstates and is being expanded to other roadways in the state.

High-friction surface treatment focuses on curves and other common sites of fatal crashes. Officials say a thin coating on roadways can reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning and increase skid resistance.wet road

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazett, LaHarpe Boulevard in downtown Little Rock will get the pavement treatment. Other areas to be treated include: Arkansas 5 in Garland, Saline, Lonoke and Baxter counties; Arkansas 7 in Clark, Garland and Boone counties; Arkansas 72, Arkansas 102 and Arkansas 279 in Benton County; and Arkansas 65 in Chicot County.

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