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I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:29:03 AM »

This thread has been established to track information regarding Interstate 30 happenings within the Little Rock area, related to further news of meetings and future construction schedules. Here is something I ran into (admittingly a bit late)
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The largest highway project ever proposed in Arkansas is moving forward.

The 630 million dollar I-30 expansion project called 30 Crossing,  jumped its final hurdle Wednesday, as Metroplan board members gave regional approval.

All board members approved the project, except Wanda Crawford, the Rock Region Metro Interim Executive Director.

"Honestly I can't see a world when transit folks would be interested in any kind of expansion of highways when there are other alternatives that can be put forth that meet more peoples needs in the community," Rock Region Metro Representative Becca Green said after the meeting.

The 3 week public comment period before Wednesdays meeting yielded more than 150 letters.

Forty-one letters were supportive of the 30 Crossing project, 127 were against.

The much anticipated Environmental Assessment of the 30 Crossing project has not yet been released. It is expected in early 2018.

There are two I-30 expansion designs currently being considered, the Single Point and Split Diamond designs.

The Metroplan board members are giving preference to the Split Diamond design. Learn more here.

"I think ultimately is better than what we've got now, where we dump all the traffic both north and south on to the second street interchange. That will be eliminated. For these people who say all that's happening is building a great big, bigger freeway, actually we're eliminating a large portion of that freeway and creating a 17 to 18 acre park," Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said.

Which design is chosen will be dependent on the Environmental Assessment. A 45 day public comment period will then open once the EA is released.

Wednesdays vote was the last action taken by Metroplan and its board members regarding this project.

The Federal Highway Administration will also have to sign off on the project. ~ ArkansasMatters.com

Personally, I am confused on how they plan to change/enhance Cumberland and 2nd Street. 2nd is what appears to be a bi-directional one way, meaning, at Rock St. traffic can turn left or right, but towards Cumberland (right) 2nd is clearly marked as a one way street.
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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 02:47:25 PM »

Here is a link to video renderings: https://connectingarkansasprogram.com/30-crossing-3d-simulations#.WkVJW9-nEdW

I think it's hilarious in the renderings they have excessive traffic back up in the 8 lane version but things flow so much better with the 6 lane and C/D lanes. They should make it 8 lanes with C/D lanes if traffic is that bad. They clearly will pick the 6 lane + C/D which seems fine.
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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 03:47:31 PM »

Here is a link to video renderings: https://connectingarkansasprogram.com/30-crossing-3d-simulations#.WkVJW9-nEdW

I think it's hilarious in the renderings they have excessive traffic back up in the 8 lane version but things flow so much better with the 6 lane and C/D lanes. They should make it 8 lanes with C/D lanes if traffic is that bad. They clearly will pick the 6 lane + C/D which seems fine.
I wonder if they skewed the simulation? :hmmm:

That is very interesting... Well, if they predicted 3rd as is depicted in the simulation, that whole street will be a clusterfuck! They'll have to do something drastic like with I-430 and AR 10.
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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2017, 06:59:56 PM »

Well, it speaks to me that they have a strong preference for the 6 lanes plus C/D system which I’m guessing will work. I don’t know enough about the Little Rock area to judge the proper number of lanes for this stretch of freeway.

I was just surprised at the drastic change in the amount of traffic between the two renderings. One is a freeway lovers dream and the other is a nightmare lol.
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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 07:23:19 PM »

Well, it speaks to me that they have a strong preference for the 6 lanes plus C/D system which I’m guessing will work. I don’t know enough about the Little Rock area to judge the proper number of lanes for this stretch of freeway.

I was just surprised at the drastic change in the amount of traffic between the two renderings. One is a freeway lovers dream and the other is a nightmare lol.
Checking back, it doesn't give preference to how many lanes will be used, but the simulation is a bit fishy, but I agree.
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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 01:34:02 AM »

I was on a more thorough inspection of the CAP website; specifically the 30 Crossing page and this is what I found: “Project Updates
Draft Environmental Assessment
Progress continues in preparing the draft Environmental Assessment. The following documents will be included in this report and will be made available for public review prior to the next public hearing. A public hearing is currently anticipated for late 2017 or early 2018.

Indirect Effects Technical Report
PEL Traffic and Safety Report
Alternatives Technical Report
PEL Public Involvement Summary
EA Public Involvement Summary
Community Impacts Technical Report
Phase I Cultural Resources Survey
Section 4(f) Evaluations
Noise Study
Utility Technical Memorandum
Visual and Aesthetics Technical Report
Hazardous Materials Report
Streams and Wetlands Report
Water Quality Technical Memorandum
Floodplain Technical Memorandum
MSAT Analysis report
Cumulative Effects Technical Report
Draft Interchange Justification Report (IJR)
Modifications to entrance and exit ramps throughout the corridor are proposed as part of the 30 Crossing project. To address these changes, an Interchange Justification Report is being prepared to justify the new or revised access points on the interstate. This report includes information on conceptual design, traffic results, safety analysis, and signing plan. This report is currently in progress.

Design-Build Procurement
In May, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (formerly AHTD) issued notice that it was seeking Statements of Qualifications from firms desiring to design and construct the project. The SOQs were due at the end of June, and AHTD is currently reviewing the submittals. A short list of firms is expected in September with a Request for Proposals issued in early 2018.” CAP website-30 Crossing

It looks like things are going to really pick up in early 2018!


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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2018, 03:56:15 PM »

Here is some information regarding this topic:

Quote from: Benjamin Browning, P.E. | Alternative Project Delivery Director | Arkansas Department of Transportation
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The Project status for the I-30 (30 Crossing) project is accurate.  Although we are not yet able to set a firm date for the Environmental Public Hearing, we do anticipate that it will be held during the summer of this year. 

This Project is being delivered using the Design-Build delivery method rather than the traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method.  For this reason, the Project will not be included in a Letting.  Rather, the Design-Builder will be selected through a two-phase qualifications based selection process.  We have already concluded the first phase of this process in which we issued a Request for Qualifications and Short-listed three firms with the highest qualifications for the type of construction necessary for this Project.  The next phase will be to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the three short listed firms.  These firms will respond to this request with a submittal that will contain commitments on how they propose to construction the Project within the fixed budget.  We will not release this final RFP until after the Environmental process is complete.  Once the RFP is released, the Proposers will be given 3-6 months to respond to the RFP with their Proposals.  The Department will then score the Proposals and select the Design-Builder who presented the best value proposal.  After selection, the Department will enter into a contract with the selected Design-Builder and they will complete the design and start construction on the project.  At this time we anticipate final design starting the early part of 2019 and construction beginning in the summer of 2019.

Key Points:
Environmental Public Hearing, anticipation for summer of this year.
No Letting - RIP
Anticipate final design starting the early part of 2019 and construction beginning in the summer of 2019.
No final RFP until after the Environmental process is complete.

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Re: I-30 Construction Progress Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 05:49:24 PM »

Public Hearing – Thursday, July 12, 2018
A 30 Crossing public hearing will be held Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock. Public hearing materials are available for review by visiting the Public Hearing Page. Information includes the Environmental Assessment and the proposed preliminary design.
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