Arkansas Owner Operator Jobs
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For the owner operator in Arkansas, congestion in the northwest corner and general road conditions throughout the state are two factors to consider when traversing the state. Arkansas, like many Sunbelt states, has experienced rapid growth in urban areas and governmental financial challenges. These combined factors have caused some difficulties for truck drivers.
With 37 percent of the state’s roadways rated poor or mediocre and 24 percent of its bridges deemed functionally obsolete or structurally unsound, the truck driver must be vigilant in planning their route through the state. The state also has at least 16 bridges with clearance under 13’ 6”. Three of these are on State Route 69.
Congestion is another issue in the state, particularly in the Northwest. One study found 28 percent of all Arkansas urban highways were congested. The study was done in 2005, and it is likely conditions have gotten worse since then. Communities in the region have written the Northwest Arkansas Regional Transportation Plan to address the road congestion and safety issues caused by rapid population growth in the area. Some regional highway projects have been undertaken, and the communities continue to seek funding for more improvements.
I-540 and other interstate highways pass through the northwest quadrant, further contributing to delays and congestion. There are several improvement projects in process in the area. However, these projects themselves cause delays as lanes are closed and speed limits reduced to accommodate the construction process.
The Little Rock metropolitan area is also fairly congested. It was ranked fifty-fifth most congested city in the nation in a recent study conducted by INRIX. With Interstates 430, 530, 30, 440 and 40 circling and running through the metro area, traffic backups are both a local and long-haul concern.
For the owner operator in Arkansas who hauls hazardous waste, the state has a few extra hurdles to jump. The state requires any hauler of hazardous waste from, in or through the state’s boundaries to apply for a permit. This law is broader than EPA regulations. The state also requires notification to the State Police regarding hazardous waste. Copies of USDOT-required notices must also be submitted to the state.
There are over 1800 trucking companies that may hire truck drivers and have owner operator truck driving jobs available. Look through our list below to find a variety of owner operator trucking jobs you can apply for.