Bridge Demolition to Cause Extra Noise Downtown
PULASKI COUNTY | September 16, 2022
The contractor for the 30 Crossing project will begin bridge demolition operations on Monday, September 19.
The removal of the old Interstate 30 Arkansas River Bridge will occur in four phases; the first is to remove the existing concrete roadway. 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.