by Max Brantley
Your I-30 consultants presented important information yesterday and we look forward to your next actions to protect Little Rock from harm as this project goes forward.
The fact harm may come to the downtown grid now has been presented to you from three sources - your own analysts, as well as Norm Marshall, employed by opponents to review the pending proposal, as well as Metroplan, our area transportation professionals.
Let us recall Metroplan staff also raised important cautions about the eventual cost of this proposal, plus inevitable calls for future relief from the next choke point in the corridor.
As of now, the I-30 proposal will fail to relieve congestion as intended; will cost too much, and will take funding away from other area projects already planned; and will put heavy pressure on the downtown grid as an impact of this "fire hose" split diamond plan.
We can, and should, do better. Mayor Stodola, your vote on the Metroplan Board of Directors is critical to asserting city concerns in this process. We look forward to your next steps.
One useful resource for you in considering your next actions in regard to the proposed expansion of the I-30 corridor comes from the website of Nelson Nygaard, your I-30 consultants. from their website.