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story.lead_photo.caption Traffic moves over the Interstate 30 bridge between Little Rock and North Little Rock on Wednesday. About 125,000 vehicles cross the Arkansas River daily on the bridge, which is more than 50 years old. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

The latest plan for a $450 million project to ease congestion on the Interstate 30 corridor through North Little Rock and downtown Little Rock will require replacing the highway's bridge over the Arkansas River rather than simply widening it.

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Print Headline: State decides to replace, not add on to I-30 span

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  • RBBrittain
    June 20, 2014 at 5:14 p.m.

    It may not be proper to say this, but... I TOLD YOU SO back when the barges were hitting it. Unlike the other LR bridges, the I-30 bridge has a pier DEAD CENTER in the navigation channel that barges must avoid; only a replacement will get rid of that pier.
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    The greater blockage from the original Broadway Bridge's dead-center concrete arch pier forced a replacement of its main span in the 1970's; sadly, that was used as an excuse to deny it historic status and tear it down. (The I-30 bridge's structure makes it impossible to simply replace the main span.)

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