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Votes advance I-30 widening; $631.7M project adds lanes through downtown Little Rock, North Little Rock

Next step an environmental assessment for federal review

By Noel Oman

This article was published December 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Metroplan board members (from left) Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin (in hat), Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker (seated), North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith and Metroplan Executive Director Tab Townsell discuss the board’s Wednesday vote on the Interstate 30 project.

A map showing the Interstate 30 corridor project

The $631.7 million Interstate 30 project and other transportation projects in central Arkansas remained on track Wednesday after two key votes by the board for the region's federally designated metropolitan planning organization.

A map showing the Interstate 30 corridor project

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yachtsman says... December 21, 2017 at 9:21 a.m.

So, Commander Stodola thinks that the changes will be a "beautiful addition" to our communuty. A curious choice if words.

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RBear says... December 21, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

I sort of get Wanda Crawford's vote against the project, but I have yet to see a true long-range comprehensive transportation plan for Central Arkansas that will reach the goals of transit options she's probably pushing for. When I look at Metroplan's Imagine Central Arkansas transit plans are pretty anemic with no real goal of achieving them. As such, people need to get to and from work so things like 30 Crossing are critical to keeping us up to date.
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Without a better funding mechanism for transportation funding, Arkansas will never see true transit funding. The last opportunity was voted down to help improve funding for Rock Region Metro. I don't recall Metroplan making a big push for that. In fact, Stodola pretty much sat out that discussion.

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adibabdullah80gmailcom says... December 22, 2017 at 5:17 a.m.

There are more pros in having the project than cons, especially on jobs and possible population boost because of it. This project should have been done 10 to 12 years ago.

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