Interstate 630 and 69 in Arkansas
Interstate 630 in Arkansas
|Begin||I-430 Little Rock|
|End||I-30 Little Rock|
Interstate 630 or I -630 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The highway forms an east-west connection within the state capital of Little Rock, running from I-430 on the west side of the city to I-30 in the center of the city. The route is 11 kilometers long.
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The highway begins at an office park in the west of the city at an interchange with Interstate 430, Little Rock ‘s western bypass. The highway then has 2×3 lanes and runs east as the Wilbur Mills Freeway, through residential areas and past small office locations. I-630 is sunken near the center of Little Rock. The highway ends downtown at Interstate 30, the highway that comes from Dallas and Texarkana.
Planning for the highway began in 1941, and construction began in the 1960s as the 8th Street Expressway. The highway was not originally an Interstate Highway, in 1970 it was requested whether the route could be added to the Interstate Highway system. On September 30, 1985, the last section of I-630 opened in Little Rock. The highway was opened in total in six phases between 1969 and 1985.
Between 2009 and 2015, the ‘Big Rock Interchange’ between I-430 and I-630 was reconstructed. Originally a cloverleaf with no shunting lanes, it features a dive-under for traffic from Financial Center Parkway to I-630, as well as four flyovers for traffic between the two freeways. The work was completed on 8 July 2015.
Between 2018 and 2020, 2.5 miles of I-630 in western Little Rock has been widened from 2×3 to 2×4 lanes between Baptist Health Medical Center and South University Avenue. Work started on 2 July 2018 and was completed in March 2020.
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I-630 at Downtown Little Rock.
|Exit 2B Battery Street||Exit 3A Woodrow Street||1 km||1971|
|Exit 3A Woodrow Street||Exit 5 University Avenue||3 km||1975|
|Exit 5 University Avenue||Exit 8 I-430||5 km||1979|
|Exit 1A I-30||Exit 2B Battery Street||3 km||1985|
The highway is fairly busy, with 89,000 to 120,000 vehicles per day. Small-scale congestion can occur here, as the 2×3 lanes are used quite fully in this case.
Interstate 69 in Arkansas
Interstate 69 or I -69 is a planned Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The highway will run roughly east-west diagonally across the state, from the Louisiana border north of Haynesville to the Mississippi border at Arkansas City. The highway will include the cities of El Dorado, Monticello and Arkansas City. The planned length is approximately 220 kilometers, depending on the exact route.
North of Haynesville, Interstate 69 in Louisiana will cross the Arkansas border. The route then heads northeast through densely wooded areas and will pass north of the town of El Dorado, then run more or less parallel to US 63 to Warren, then follow US 278 east through Monticello and McGehee to Arkansas City, where a new I-69 Mississippi River Bridge is being built. There, I-69 will connect to Interstate 69 in Mississippi.
The construction of I-69 is divided into sections of independent utility (SIUs), SIU 12, 13, 14 and 28. Arkansas City is planning the Charles W. Dean Bridge over the Mississippi River, a four -lane cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 6,850 meters and a main span of 457 meters. The cost of this bridge is estimated at $565 million. Most of the route between El Dorado and Arkansas City has already been laid. SIU 13, which runs from El Dorado to McGehee and thus covers most of the Arkansas route, will cost $784 million.
In November 2011, the construction of the first section, the 14 kilometer long bypass of Monticello, started initially as a super two. However, progress was limited, in 2014 only some partial earthworks had been carried out and a small number of culverts were installed. The bypass was finally opened on October 11, 2018 and is signposted as the US 278 Bypass Route.
Arkansas is a state with a chronic shortage of money for road projects. There is some federal funding available for I-69, but it must be supplemented with state funding to start implementation. For Arkansas, I-69 has a low priority, no major sites will be exposed, and large portions of I-69 will run through sparsely populated forest.
In addition, Interstate 530 is extended from Pine Bluff to I-69 west of Monticello. Part of this is already open as the single-lane State Route 530.