It’s just before dawn at a former truck inspection area on I-40 a few miles west of Little Rock, AR. A thin layer of ice floats atop the water in the pavement’s potholes, visible as the sky lightens behind the still-bare trees across the highway. Trucks are lined up from ramp-to-ramp along the two narrow concrete ribbons. Two or three additional rows of trucks are parked in a less orderly fashion on the gravel that stretches to the trash-strewn ditch at the back of the lot.
No place to park
Despite over 300,000 available spaces, drivers are left stranded too often