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A shady grove, under I-30, and other 230-foot-wide wonders

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2016 at 3:48 PM

click to enlarge Little Rock's future Central Park
  • Little Rock's future Central Park

A post on the Improve 30Crossing Facebook page today had us intrigued: It included screen shots of what the new park will look like under the 8-Lane and 10-Lane scenarios created in 3D by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. 

Ben Browning, AHTD design-build project manager, said the shots come at 6 minutes and 22 seconds into the videos showing the split diamond options. (Eight lanes on the left, 10 lanes— six general purpose and four isolated collector/distributor lanes — on the right).

As you can imagine, reaction has ranged from ugh to super ugh. Will grass grow there? Here's your Central Park, folks, or at least what a third of it will look like. Here's the AHTD aerial image:
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The interstate will be 230 feet wide as it crosses President Clinton Avenue, Browning said; it will considerably wider over Third Street.

Here are some things that are 230 feet wide: 

The Door to Hell in Derweze village in Turkmenistan:

The Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain: 
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The great temple of Artemis, the fertility goddess, in Ephesus:
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The Champs Elysees:
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The third lock of the Panama Canal:

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And last but, not least the B36!

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