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.
This project widened approximately 2.5 miles of Interstate 630 to eight lanes, extending generally from Baptist Hospital to University Avenue in Little Rock.
- Widened to 8 lanes between Baptist Hospital and University Avenue
- Bridge and overpass construction at John Barrow Road, Rock Creek, Rodney Parham Road, Hughes Street, and University Avenue
- Noise wall construction
- All lanes opened to traffic in March 2020
- Construction was substantially complete in June 2020
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 in October 2018, 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 interstate 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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