Arkansas Department of Transportation – Interstate 40 Side Repair

When it came time to repair a large, heavily-congested slide on the north side of Interstate 40 in Ozark, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) knew it had a unique challenge to address. With 22,000 vehicles traveling the interstate each day, the department knew they had to find an innovative solution to make sure the repair did not disrupt traffic. The $2.3 million solution used a system consisted of 101 concrete blocks placed along the slope. Steel cables were then inserted and secured to the bedrock while hydraulic jacks were used to keep the blocks fitted to the shape of the slide. This solution prioritized the safety of the crew and drivers with minimal impact on traffic – allowing travelers get to their destinations quicker.