Interstate traffic jam stretches for miles in east Arkansas

BRINKLEY, Ark. (KTHV) - Stranded cars formed a parking lot for most of the day along eastbound Interstate 40 Tuesday, as traffic going in and out of Memphis caused problems for drivers within a 70 mile radius.

By Tuesday evening, eastbound traffic was backed up all the way to mile marker 200 forcing many drivers to take an alternate route to Brinkley to find a motel. "I got on this side of Little Rock and we just came to a complete stop," said Kelly Barnett who was travelling from Texas to Indiana. "It's taken 18 hours to get this far and we're not even halfway home."

AHTD spokesman Randy Ort says there weren't any major accidents on I40, but the bottlenecking near the Forrest City construction zone combined with ice and slush on overpasses made it difficult for trucks to move in some areas.

"I guess there's construction out there so somebody wasn't planning and then on top of the weather it's really put a bottleneck in the interstate," said stranded driver Dougie Livingston. "This has not been a great experience that's for sure."


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