When the state Highway and Transportation Department
presented its latest design for widening Interstate 30 in April, which at Third Street in Little Rock will be three times wider than the current bridge, it was joined by proposals by StudioMAIN for a park system that would enhance connectivity between east and west and envelop and soften the mega-interstate. That left some people believe the forward-thinking architect/engineer collaborative's were actually part of the 30 Crossing
They are only plans. There is no funding for the deck park and bike trails and so forth.
See StudioMAIN's park plans here.
Today, City Director Kathy Webb
has amended a resolution she introduced last year with Director Ken Richardson
to say that "specific and adequate funding sources needed to effectuate the plan proposed by StudioMain for the I-30 crossing project should be identified, and reasonable assurances give by the AHTD and the Little Rock Board of Directors that the funds are or will be available, at a time certain, and dedicated to the implementation of the described parks and amenities."
Webb has also amended the resolution — which has been deferred four times but is on the agenda tonight — to include language that would ask the highway department to consider improvements to its 30 Crossing project using "the most accurate computer modeling available." The accuracy of the department's modeling has been called into question by independent consultant Norm Marshall
, who will present his research to the board tonight.
UPDATE: the resolution was deferred. Most board members didn't seem to want to vote for the resolution. The mayor claimed without offering specifics that some private interests were ready to contribute to park development.