Possible widening of I-630

Changes could be coming to a portion of I-630.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- The Arkansas Department of Transportation is looking to widen Interstate 630 by adding a fourth lane in both directions between Big Rock Interchange and University Avenue.

The goal would be to cut down on traffic, since roughly 100,000 vehicles travel that stretch each day, according to ArDOT.

"Widening of 630 allows for all that traffic that comes together at 630 to move forward, to move east," Danny Straessle with ArDOT said.

If the project is approved, ArDOT anticipates construction would start about the time school lets out, and would take just under two years.

"We want to make sure that motorists who live on the west part of town who commute in from north and south on 430, that that their commute is more efficient as they head towards downtown," Straessle added.

Some overpasses, too, would be replaced. The bridges over Rodney Parham, Rock Creek, and the Hughes Street overpass, Straessle says, would be replaced.

Drivers could expect lane-shifting and some lane closures during the construction, but crews would try to keep three lanes open most times.

Straessle says the project would be paid for by the half-cent sales tax voters approved back in 2012. Bids have been placed for the project; the lowest bid is roughly $87 million, according to ArDOT.

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