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TheArkansasRoadgeek:
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)

--- Quote ---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
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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.

Plutonic Panda:
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.

TheArkansasRoadgeek:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda 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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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.

Plutonic Panda:
Well, it speaks to me that they have a strong preference for the 6 lanes plus C/D system which Iím guessing will work. I donít 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.

TheArkansasRoadgeek:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda 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 Iím guessing will work. I donít 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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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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