by Max Brantley
The alternative being carried forward into the NEPA process, also called the PEL Recommendation, is the 10-lane downtown collector/distributor (CD) alternative. The PEL Recommendation includes five lanes in each direction, with two of the main lanes serving as CD lanes from just south of Broadway Street in North Little Rock to the Highway 10 interchange just north of 3rd Street in Little Rock. CD lanes, which are separated from main lanes by a barrier and connect the main lanes of an Interstate with ramps, operate at lower speeds than main lanes and higher speeds than frontage roads.
The I-30 PEL study determined that this concept would best relieve traffic congestion, improve roadway safety, address structural and functional roadway and bridge deficiencies, and improve water navigation safety. ...
Project-specific determinations, such as interchange design and the location of ramps and interchanges, and a more detailed analysis of potential impacts will be analyzed through the NEPA process. Additional public meetings will be held during NEPA, and the public is encouraged to provide input throughout the process.