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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Public officials skip meeting on improving I-30 widening project in downtown LR

Posted By on Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 8:35 AM

Improve 30 Crossing
, a group hoping to limit the damage by the plan to widen Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock, held a public meeting on the project Saturday, but no public officials attended, according to a report from KTHV.

The billion-dollar, seven-mile expansion of I-30 to 10 lanes or more seems likely to undergo as yet unspecified changes because of a half-billion shortfall of state money. But the project as designed drew critical comments Saturday over the impact on the walkability of downtown neighborhoods from new traffic flow and potential traffic problems from the removal of the existing 2nd Street exit that links with Cantrell Road/Highway 10.

KTHV notes that the state has said it wants to work with the neighborhoods on the project. Nonetheless:

Organizers of Saturday's meeting said ARDOT representatives were invited to attend, along with Little Rock and North Little Rock city leaders, among other elected officials. None of those invited parties were in attendance, they said.
The concrete gulch enjoys support from the mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, (heavily supported by the road-building industry) and suburban leaders who like the idea of reducing occasional rush-hour traffic slowdowns for commuters who work in Little Rock but live elsewhere.

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