South Hughes Street Bridge In Little Rock Reopens

After more than two months of construction, the new South Hughes Street Bridge over Interstate 630 in Little Rock will open to traffic three weeks ahead of schedule, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, the bridge will open Monday, October 1, 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.

I-630 Widening Update

The project is transitioning into Stage Two, moving traffic from the I-630 eastbound and westbound outside lanes to the inside lanes, to continue with construction of retaining walls, bridge widening and pavement widening.  Temporary barriers will be installed throughout the main lanes of traffic to protect the outside lane work areas.

Traffic will also be traveling on temporary detoured pavement on exit ramps 5, 6, 7 and 8 (University Avenue, Rodney Parham Road, John Barrow Road, and Baptist Health Drive) to allow construction of permanent exit ramp pavements and associated work.

During daytime travel peak hours, all six lanes on I-630 will be open to traffic. Periodically during overnight hours and on Saturdays, eastbound and westbound lanes will be reduced to one open lane in each direction for the ongoing construction.

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