This project continues the widening of Interstate 630 eastward from the Big Rock Interchange. When complete, the additional lanes will increase capacity and improve traveler safety.
Job CA0608 Baptist Hospital – University Avenue
This project widens approximately 2.5 miles of Interstate 630 to eight lanes, extending generally from Baptist Hospital to University Avenue in Little Rock.
Recent and Upcoming Construction
- Paving westbound mainlanes between University Avenue and South Hughes Street
- Pavement work for ramps at Baptist Health Drive and John Barrow Road
- Bridge construction at Rock Creek and Rodney Parham Road
- Grading and seeding eastbound from John Barrow Road to University Avenue
- Noise barrier wall installation in various locations
- Traffic signal activation at the eastbound on and off-ramps at Rodney Parham
Lane Closures / Lane Shifts
I-630 eastbound and westbound lanes will periodically be reduced to one open lane in each direction within the workzone during overnight hours and on Saturdays. See active lane closures in the table above. In general, mainlane closures can occur:
- Sunday night, 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- Monday through Thursday nights, 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
- Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to Saturday night at 11:59 p.m.
In general, during daytime travel peak hours, all six lanes on I-630 will be open to traffic. Nightly lane closures will occur throughout the life of the construction project
Hughes Street Overpass Opens
After more than two months of construction, the new South Hughes Street Bridge over Interstate 630 in Little Rock opened to traffic three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
The bridge opened Monday, October 1, 2018, reconnecting the Briarwood and University Park neighborhoods. Crews closed the bridge July 20 to demolish the structure and reconstruct it with a wider span as part of the I-630 construction job that is adding additional eastbound and westbound lanes between the Big Rock Interchange and University Avenue.
Construction contractor Manhattan Road & Bridge estimated that it would take 96 days to replace the bridge, resulting in a late October completion. However, crews worked hard to reopen the bridge 23 days early, and Manhattan Road & Bridge will receive an early completion incentive of approximately $76,000.
Traffic cameras have been installed along the project at select locations and can be viewed at IDriveArkansas.com.
ARDOT opened contractor bids in April 2018 and the Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Manhattan Road & Bridge Company and awarded the project for $87.4 million. Construction is estimated to take less than two years to complete.
Schedules are preliminary and are subject to change as project development progresses.
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