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Monday, November 18, 2013

Little Rock South Main St. bike lanes coming soon

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click to enlarge BRICKS OF OLD: A brief glimpse of the past on Main Street. - SOMA FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • BRICKS OF OLD: A brief glimpse of the past on Main Street.

Main Street, from 7th to Roosevelt, should be repaved and re-striped to include bike lanes and a center turning lane by the end of the week, according to Hillis Schild, a Southside Main Street Project board member. The street will shift from four lanes to three, with biking lanes running each direction and a turning lane in the middle. Too bad the renovation couldn't incorporate the bricks of yore, shown above, or an update including something similar that would both look nice and force traffic to slow in an area with an increasing amount of foot and bike traffic. That would've been too expensive, architect Ed Sergeant told me earlier this year, when we talked about the project. Sergeant, an architect with Polk Stanley Wilcox, conceived the new street plan on behalf of SoMa. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s State Aid Street Program provided all but 10 percent of the funding for the project, which of the city of Little Rock kicked in.  

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