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The Fennell plan to convert I-30: hear about it tonight

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SO AHTD CAN PICTURE IT: Fennell's "Convertible Plan B," part of a plan to let interstate 30 morph over time to a boulevard.
  • SO AHTD CAN PICTURE IT: Fennell's "Convertible Plan B," part of a plan to let interstate 30 morph over time to a boulevard.


To help the unimaginative highway engineers at AHTD — who can blame them? Highways, not liveable cities, are their business — architect Tom Fennell has created "Convertible Plan B," a plan that leaves I-30 in place but brings it to grade level at Second Street and creates bridges to cross the interstate at Third and Fifth streets to connect east to west. Existing bridges at Sixth and Ninth could be decked for a park. The entire scenario is on the jump. 

Fennell will present the plan tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol View Stifft Station Neighborhood Resource Center,  2715 W. Seventh St., in the West Side Baptist Church, just a couple of blocks west of the White Water Tavern. 

Fennell writes:

The Boulevard Plan is a look at what Little Rock could be in the future —15‐20 years down the road — a healthy, walkable, community after other transit and traffic options are developed. The Boulevard Plan is a best case scenario. In it, we envision our community with all the attributes of a vibrant urban environment, attracting talented young people, businesses, and citizens.

But we are not there yet, and we need a plan for now, one that will allow for conversion in the future to the Boulevard Plan or other options with similar attractive qualities. At present, we need to maximize the benefit of the work to be done by AHTD, so that future options, such as the Boulevard, are affordable and easier to accomplish. 
 
The Boulevard Plan is a look at what Little Rock could be in the future Notes on Convertible Plan B – Before the Boulevard
by Tom Fennell, AIA, 2/22/2016

The Boulevard Plan is a look at what Little Rock could be in the future —15‐20 years down the road — a
healthy, walkable, community after other transit and traffic options are developed. The Boulevard Plan
is a best case scenario. In it, we envision our community with all the attributes of a vibrant urban
environment, attracting talented young people, businesses, and citizens.

But we are not there yet, and we need a plan for now, one that will allow for conversion in the future to
the Boulevard Plan or other options with similar attractive qualities. At present, we need to maximize
the benefit of the work to be done by AHTD, so that future options, such as the Boulevard, are
affordable and easier to accomplish.

The Convertible Plan allows for the interstate to continue as a freeway with a new, safer bridge and
improved entrance/exit access.

The Convertible Plan brings the interstate over the bridge and down to on‐grade level with downtown
streets. Overpasses exist at cross streets. Bridges at 3rd and 5th streets connect the east side of
downtown while eliminating the physical and visual barrier of an elevated freeway. Further south,
existing bridges at 6th and 9th above the freeway (and the section between) could be decked for a park.

The long range Boulevard Plan re‐works the north bound connection ramp from I‐630 and I‐30 by
routing double lanes closer to the freeway. This is also proposed in the Convertible Plan. Routing the
lanes tighter to the freeway will allow for the reconstruction of the street grid and renovation of the
historic Hanger Hill neighborhood.

We must keep our eyes on the prize. At every juncture we must ask what is best for Little Rock? What
outcomes do we want for the metropolitan area as this money is spent?

Key Components (from North to South) of the Convertible Plan

‐ Continue open underpass at President Clinton Avenue as I‐30 bridge comes to grade.
‐ Remove ramps at 2nd Street and convert to parks and open space, including existing ramp to
Cumberland.
‐ I‐30 lands on‐grade at 2nd Street with new bridge/overpass at 3rd Street.
‐ I‐30 continues on‐grade with bridge/overpass at 5th Street.
‐ The zone from 2nd to 6th Streets would be the freeway entrance/exit area with thru lanes and
local lanes.
‐ The freeway is already below grade at 6th through 9th Streets which would stay as is but could be
decked over for park/open space between these streets for great connection east to west.
‐ Re‐work the north bound connection ramp from I‐630 and I‐30 by routing double lanes closer to
the freeway to allow for the reconstruction of the street grid at the Hanger Hill neighborhood.
‐ Re‐work connection from I‐630 to I‐30 southbound to create better commuter routes to I‐440, I‐
530 and I‐30.

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