Five Little Rock residents went to federal court Wednesday in a bid to stop work on an $87.3 million project to a widen a section of Interstate 630 until the environmental impact of the project is assessed, including generating additional noise in residences along the interstate and travel disruptions.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court said the project between Baptist Health Medical Center and South University Avenue doesn't qualify under federal law to be excluded from requirements that state highway officials prepare an environmental assessment or a more intensive environmental impact statement on the project.
The contractor, Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. of Tulsa, has been staging equipment for several weeks, but began formal work on the project Monday. The Hughes Street overpass is scheduled to be demolished as soon as this weekend.
Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.