The width of a new Interstate 30 bridge over the Arkansas River isn’t as important as other design aspects of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department’s 30 Crossing project, consultants advised the Little Rock Board of Directors on Monday.
Consultants with Nelson/Nygaard and Gateway Planning presented their recommendations to the board after three months of studying what the city should ask for out of the project in order to protect its downtown and encourage continued economic development. The consultants told board members that the city must choose which design aspects of the project it wants to stand firm on.
The Highway Department’s 30 Crossing project is a plan to improve a 6.7-mile corridor of Interstate 30 through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock, including replacing the I-30 bridge over the Arkansas River.
There’s been much debate about the width the new bridge will be, with proposals to expand the current six lanes to eight or 10.
But Paul Moore with Nelson/Nygaard told city directors that they shouldn’t be so concerned with that debate.