This project proposes to enhance one of the most traveled roads in Arkansas. When complete, the improvements will enhance the transportation connection through central Arkansas, increase capacity, and improve traveler safety.
Construction crews will initiate the demolition of the existing Arkansas River Bridge beginning Monday, September 19.
The first step of the demolition process will involve breaking the concrete deck with excavators. The rubble will fall into a barge and be hauled off to a port to unload it. In the next step, crews will cut and remove structural steel with a crane. The steel will be taken off the river and to the scrap yard. Thirdly, an excavator will break piers to the waterline and haul off the debris. The fourth and final step will be to blast the piers under the waterline and remove the final debris that is in the river navigation channel. Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will experience loud noise associated with the removal of the existing concrete roadway.
Demolition operations will be limited to daytime hours and will be sporadic over the next 10 months; Phase 1 is expected to last until the end of 2022.
The contractor will simultaneously demolish the old bridge and construct the new bridge at the same location; the new bridge should open in 18 to 24 months.
Once the bridges are complete, each direction will have three through lanes, two collector/distributer lanes, an auxiliary lane—for a total of 12 lanes—and full width shoulders all around. The goal of these improvements is to create a safer, more efficient corridor through the downtown area.
Use the map below to view various current travel impacts, including permanent closures, temporary closures, and changes in traffic patterns. Zoom in and scroll to find a specific area of the I-30 corridor in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Click on a line to see travel impact information such as location, time frame, and detour map (download if available).
Sep 26, 2022 – Oct 02, 2022
Work on Interstate 30 in Little Rock and North Little Rock involves weekly lane closures.Read More »
Oct 01, 2022
Construction on the 30 Crossing project will require a long-term closure of McGowen Street in Little Rock in early October.Read More »
Sep 19, 2022
The contractor for the 30 Crossing project will begin bridge demolition operations on Monday, September 19.Read More »
Sep 16, 2022
Interstate 30 westbound traffic in North Little Rock will move onto the Arkansas River bridge beginning Friday evening, September 16.Read More »
Sep 17, 2022
Interstate 30 westbound traffic in North Little Rock will move onto the new Arkansas River Bridge beginning Saturday, September 17.Read More »
Sep 09, 2022
Interstate 30 eastbound traffic in Little Rock will move onto the Arkansas River bridge beginning September 9Read More »
Sep 10, 2022
Interstate 30 eastbound traffic in Little Rock will move onto the Arkansas River bridge beginning September 10.Read More »
Jun 27, 2022
The Interstate 30 eastbound on-ramp at Curtis Sykes Drive in North Little Rock will permanently close on Monday, June 27 in the evening as part of the interstate and ramp construction work at the I-30/I-40 interchange.Read More »
Jun 27, 2022
The Interstate 30 eastbound on-ramp at Curtis Sykes Drive in North Little Rock will permanently close in late June as part of the interstate and ramp construction work at the I-30/I-40 interchange.Read More »
Apr 04, 2022 – Apr 11, 2023
Demolishing and reconstructing the 6th Street bridge over Interstate 30 in Little Rock will require significant traffic pattern changes and closures along the Interstate 30 corridor next week.Read More »
View the latest construction drone photos of the 30 Crossing project. Aerial photos provided by Kiewit Massman Construction.
Updated 08/03/22. Click to download an exhibit showing Phase 1 construction milestone dates, which are preliminary and subject to change.
Phase 1 of the 30 Crossing Project includes areas of construction in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Remaining portions of the 30 Crossing project will be constructed in future phases.
There are several ramp improvements at the I-630 interchange.
Based upon the Environmental Assessment (EA), additional information included in the FONSI document, and the Disposition of Public Comments for the Location and Design Public Hearing, FHWA concludes that the proposed project will not have a significant impact on the environment.
Schedules are preliminary and are subject to change as project development progresses.
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