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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

And still speaking of highways: Highway Department answers questions on 30 Crossing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 3:23 PM

click to enlarge 'PEDESTRIAN SCRAMBLE': Under study for this intersection.
  • 'PEDESTRIAN SCRAMBLE': Under study for this intersection.

The Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods has distributed a response it received from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to a series of questions about the 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 through Little Rock.

In short, the highway department — surprise — defends the 10-lane alternative, but says it has been forced to also look at an eight-lane version. No mention of the recent emergence of a non-freeway alternative devised by local architects.

The Coalition said it was still reviewing the response and might have other points to raise.

The Coalition asked about the hotly contested issue of traffic exiting I-30 at 2nd Street and then funneling on Cumberland to LaHarpe (Highway 10). That makes the River Market pedestrian crossing at Cumberland and Clinton Avenue highly trafficked at certain times. The Coalition asked about a system stopping vehicle traffic in all directions for a "pedestrian scramble" crossing in any direction, including diagnol.

The department said it was "currently modeling a Pedestrian All Walk phase as well as other traffic calming measures at the intersection of President Clinton Avenue and Cumberland Street. These measures will be presented to the City of Little rock as one of the alternatives for addressing the traffic and pedestrian concerns at this interchange."

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