When the team met recently with urban planners to evaluate the possibilities for improving this interchange, they looked at the following six general possibilities:
· Take pedestrians over
· Take pedestrians under
· Take traffic over
· Take traffic under
· Change the traffic pattern
· Utilize traffic calming with existing pattern
The feasibility of each of these is being evaluated and discussed with stakeholders in Little Rock. Currently nothing has been decided on or committed to by the Department or the stakeholders.
The Combination Alternative B consists of the improvements in Alternative 4 (the Pike Avenue Extension) as well as Alternative 2 (making the entire I-30 corridor as an eight lane facility and completing the improvements at the Broadway Bridge approaches). This combination will result in significant reductions in the volumes on both the Broadway and Main Street bridges, as vehicles will be attracted to the improved facilities (Pike Avenue and I-30) on either edge of the Central Business Districts. The LOS on I-30 will improve from F to E, while Main Street and Broadway will improve to LOS B.The highway department has said that it wouldn't reduce traffic much and that the city would have to pay for road construction south of the river. That was not the case when the 30 Crossing plan called for making Chester a one-way southbound state highway to take traffic from Cantrell to I-630, but never mind that either.