by Max Brantley
Please be advised that the Board of the Hillcrest Residents Association, by a unanimous vote at our meeting last night, is opposed to the 30 Crossing Project as presently proposed. We believe that the project in its current form would be harmful to development in downtown and would limit future opportunities in the area. We ask that the project be put on hold pending a much more thorough evaluation of the impacts and potential mitigation thereof can be performed. Among other things, we primarily concerned with:
The effects on the River Market streetcar and non-vehicular traffic;
Protection and otherwise due consideration of previous and future development in the Downtown, River Market, Clinton Presidential Center and Hanger Hill areas and
Safety issues that currently exist with the Arkansas River Bridge.
The impact of any project concerning Interstate 30 and Arkansas River Bridge will be profound and of long duration. Generations of future Little Rock residents will be impacted by this project one way or the other. We ask that the Connecting Arkansas Program, our elected officials, Metroplan and the AHTD look beyond the short term and instead consider a visionary project that is more accommodating to pedestrians, bicyclists, hikers and public transportation along with the above-referenced development in the area. Such a visionary project would be more in keeping with the progressive city of the future that Little Rock aspires to be.
ARTHUR PAUL BOWEN
President of the Board
At our monthly meeting last night, we, the members of the Capitol View Stifft Station Neighborhood Association (CVSSNA), approved a resolution to oppose the current 30 crossing proposal. It would be bad for those in the Downtown area as well as for Central Arkansas as a whole.
We urge you to come up with an alternative proposal that will make Downtown a better place live, work and visit. And we know that when downtowns are vibrant and successful that metro areas also benefit.
The Heights Neighborhood Association strongly opposes the closure of any part of Cumberland Street and LaHarpe Blvd. in downtown Little Rock. The HNA finds it unacceptable that the over 6,700 additional vehicles a day (which currently use LaHarpe Blvd.) would be forced onto Second St. when exiting 130. Second St. is lined with the Historic Arkansas Museum, a large school, a hotel, a high rise office building, some trolley tracks, other offices and several large governmental buildings, without even mentioning what is on adjacent streets.
An increase in Second St. traffic from some 3,800 vehicles a day currently to over 10,000 vehicles a day (not to mention the fact that the current proposal for the street removes the already very limited parking located there and that it is a street that has many more traffic lights, stop signsand cross traffic than does LaHarpe Blvd.) and having the street be the sole major way to exit downtown Little Rock is simply poor public policy.
This proposed closure of vital transportation infrastructure does not in anyway serve the needs of the public or the downtown community.
Additionally LaHarpe Blvd., with its entrance and exit ramps at the Broadway Bridge, keeps meaningful levels of vehicular traffic off otherwise already crowded downtown Little Rock streets.
The HNA strongly believes this proposed traffic repositioning should be quickly rejected by the city, county, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and other involved parties. Having more than one major west bound traffic option off 130 downtown will always be a better choice.