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 2 Press Release(s)
  1 Meeting Notification(s)


This project continues the widening of Interstate 630 eastward from the Big Rock Interchange. When complete, the additional lanes will increase capacity and improve traveler safety.

Project Updates

Job CA0608 Baptist Hospital – University Avenue
This project widens approximately 2.5 miles of Interstate 630 to eight lanes, extending generally from Baptist Hospital to University Avenue in Little Rock.

  • Construction Overview
    -Widening to 8 lanes between Baptist Hospital and University Avenue
    -Bridge and overpass construction at John Barrow Road, Rock Creek, Rodney Parham Road, Hughes Street, and University Avenue
    -Noise wall construction
    -Detours and nighttime lane closures
    -Estimated completion is Early 2020

Construction Newsletter


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Crews will reduce I-630 traffic to one open lane in each direction during overnight hours between Baptist Hospital Drive (Exit 7) and University Avenue (Exit 5).
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Sep 16, 2018Sep 22, 2018
Hughes Street overpass will be closed Friday, July 20 at 6:00 a.m. through late October. Detours will direct Hughes Street traffic to Mississippi Avenue to bypass the closure.
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Jul 20, 2018Oct 24, 2018
  • Recent and Upcoming Construction
    - Temporary barrier wall placement
    - Hughes Street Bridge: Deck pours and sidewalk forming in mid September
    - Rodney Parham Road: Earthwork, overpass work, and pavement construction. Concrete paving at I-630 eastbound on-ramp
    - Rock Creek Bridge: Erosion control and slope protection work
    - University Avenue: Temporary pavement at I-630 eastbound off-ramp (Exit 5), I-630 westbound off-ramp (Exit 5B), and I-630 westbound on-ramp
    - Temporary ramp detour construction
    - General clearing and brush burning

  • Lane Closures
    Anticipated in late September / early October, I-630 main lanes will shift toward the median to use the inside shoulder as a travel lane. Motorists need to be aware of the change in the traffic pattern. During this phase, traffic will also begin to utilize temporary detours that allow construction at on- and off-ramps.

    I-630 eastbound and westbound lanes will be reduced to one open lane in each direction within the workzone during overnight hours and on Saturdays. See active lane closures in the table above. In general, mainlane closures can occur:
    - Sunday night, 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    - Monday through Thursday nights, 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    - Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to Saturday night at 11:59 p.m.

    During daytime travel peak hours, all six lanes on I-630 will be open to traffic. Nightly lane closures will occur throughout the life of the construction project

  • Hughes Street Overpass Closure
    Deck pours and sidewalk framing began in mid September. Future schedule work includes constructing the side barrier rails. The Hughes Street Bridge was demolished in mid August, and new structural steel beams were placed by the end of August. The Hughes Street overpass is closed through late October to reconstruct the structure over Interstate 630. Detours direct Hughes Street traffic to Mississippi Avenue to bypass the closure. Neighborhoods adjacent to the interstate will experience construction noise impacts during daytime and nighttime hours during the work.

  • Construction Cameras
    Traffic cameras have been installed along the project at select locations and can be viewed at IDriveArkansas.com.

  • Bid Opening
    ARDOT opened contractor bids in April 2018 and the Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Manhattan Road & Bridge Company and awarded the project for $87.4 million. Construction is estimated to take less than two years to complete.

  • Public Meeting
    A public involvement meeting was held February 3, 2015. The meeting presented and discussed the proposed plans to widen Interstate 630. A flier, comment form, and map can be downloaded here.
  • Noise Abatement Summary
    AHTD is moving forward with plans to construct noise walls along Interstate 630 in Noise Study Areas (NSA) 4, 5, and 6. These proposed noise walls are on the north side of I-630, approximately located between North Rodney Parham Road and South McKinley Street. This is based on community support and because of the advantages noise walls have over noise soil berms, including greater noise reduction benefits, less maintenance, and fewer impacts to public use of the right of way. The approved noise walls are proposed to be installed during the widening project, which is estimated to start construction in mid 2017.

    Figure 3: NSA 4 & 5 - Wall 2 & Wall 3Figure 3: NSA 4 & 5 - Wall 2 & Wall 3
    Figure 7: NSA 6 - Wall 4Figure 7: NSA 6 - Wall 4

    A proposed noise wall in NSA 8 on the south side ofI-630 in University Park will not be constructed. More than 50% of benefited residences opposed a noise wall being constructed along Arthur Drive. Download Noise Abatement Summary
  • I-630 Noise Study Report
    The I-630 Noise Study Report has been updated since the draft was released in fall 2015. Additional analyses have been conducted to determine the potential for noise barriers in eight Noise Study Areas (NSA) along the I-630 corridor between Baptist Hospital and University Avenue. I-630 Noise Study Report (Updated)

Preliminary Schedule:

View CA0608 Project Map

Schedules are preliminary and are subject to change as project development progresses.


Travel Impacts

Construction Requires Overnight Lane Closures on Interstate 630 in Little Rock

From Sep 16, 2018 to Sep 22, 2018

Construction Requires Temporary Road Closure of Hughes Street in Little Rock

From Jul 20, 2018 to Oct 24, 2018

Visit IDriveArkansas.com for up to date traffic information and travel conditions.

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