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.
This project widened approximately 2 miles of Interstate 630 to eight lanes, extending generally from Baptist Hospital to University Avenue in Little Rock.
Hughes Street Overpass Opens
After more than two months of construction, the new South Hughes Street Bridge over Interstate 630 in Little Rock opened to traffic in October 2018, three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
The bridge opened Monday, October 1, 2018, reconnecting the Briarwood and University Park neighborhoods. Crews closed the bridge July 20 to demolish the structure and reconstruct it with a wider span as part of the I-630 construction job that is adding additional eastbound and westbound lanes between the Big Rock Interchange and University Avenue.
Construction contractor Manhattan Road & Bridge estimated that it would take 96 days to replace the bridge, resulting in a late October completion. However, crews worked hard to reopen the bridge 23 days early, and Manhattan Road & Bridge will receive an early completion incentive of approximately $76,000.
Traffic cameras have been installed along the interstate at select locations and can be viewed at IDriveArkansas.com.
Arkansas Department of Transportation opened contractor bids in April 2018. The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Manhattan Road & Bridge Company and awarded the project for $87.4 million.
Schedules are preliminary and are subject to change as project development progresses.
Through a voter-approved constitutional amendment, the people of Arkansas passed a 10-year, half-cent sales tax to improve highway and infrastructure projects.
Thirty-one projects in 19 corridors across Arkansas are included in the CAP, which improves transportation connections to the four corners of Arkansas.
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