City proposes park gateway from new Broadway Bridge | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, July 26, 2014

City proposes park gateway from new Broadway Bridge

Posted By on Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 6:52 AM

click to enlarge PARK LINK PLANNED: Pedestrians and bikers should have a link to Riverfront Park under city plan to enhance Broadway Bridge replacement design.
  • PARK LINK PLANNED: Pedestrians and bikers should have a link to Riverfront Park under city plan to enhance Broadway Bridge replacement design.

click to enlarge GATEWAY: Planned from Broadway Bridge to park (green shading along river.)
  • GATEWAY: Planned from Broadway Bridge to park (green shading along river.)
The city of Little Rock has a plan to spend $288,000 to design a Riverfront Park gateway from the new Broadway Bridge.

An item placed on the City Board's agenda meeting next week would authorize the payment to the state Highway and Transportation Department to change its design for the replacement Broadway Bridge, supposed to be under construction by the end of the year. The money would allow the state to create a "western gateway and entrance to Riverfront Park."

The park ends about a block east of the bridge.

According to the agenda:

The Gateway Concept enhancements include a sixteen (16)- foot wide shared use path from the bridge to Riverfront Park, overlooks, an additional sixteen (16)-foot wide bridge consisting of two (2), thirty (30)-foot long spans, and twelve (12)-foot wide trails to accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. Funds in the amount of $288,000.00 will be needed to effect the change in the plans to create the new gateway entrance.

The proposal doesn't include a drawing, sorry to say. It also doesn't mention how the cost of the work itself will be paid other than by being accommodated in the federally paid project's cost. About $58 million is coming from federal money. Pulaski County is contributing $20 million to enhance the design.

Bids are supposed to be taken in September, but the dwindling federal highway trust fund is causing delays in state projects. The project could take two years. It'll make traffic a mess downtown. Looming, too, is an Interstate 30 widening and bridge replacement project. Some of the widening and exit work could begin while the Broadway Bridge is closed, further bollixing downtown traffic.

Speaking of which, from the Downtown Little Rock Partnership:

As you are aware, we are following the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department's (AHTD) widening of I-30 closely. All of us who live, work, play and invest in downtown have an interest in this project. There will be a couple of public meetings coming up next month:

Tuesday, August 12, 4-7 p.m., 100 Main Street, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Bank of the Ozarks Conference Center

Thursday, August 14, 4-7 p.m., 707 I-30 (Little Rock), Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential, Cash/Campbell Ballroom, 707 I-30

The meetings will be held in an "open house" format and will present identical content. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please come out and share.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • An open line for Sunday

    An open line.
    • Sep 24, 2017
  • City plans more spending on 30 Crossing

    The Little Rock City Board meets Tuesday to set an agenda for the following week and among the "consent" items is a new $175,000 with Nelson/Nygaard consultants to "assist with a comprehensive review" of the 30 Crossing project, otherwise known as the bigger concrete ditch the Department of Transportation wants to tear through the heart of Little Rock.
    • Sep 24, 2017
  • NFL owners rise to defense of players against Trump and false patriots

    Many football team owners have risen to the defense of players against Donald Trump criticism as yet another racially fraught issue seems likely to gain increasing heat thanks to Trump's rhetoric.
    • Sep 24, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016

Most Shared

  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation