The Arkansas Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will conduct an open forum Location and Design Public Hearing to present and discuss the 30 Crossing Environmental Assessment and proposed design plans.


The Location and Design Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Wyndham Riverfront (Silver City Rooms), located at 2 Riverfront Place in North Little Rock.


The public hearing will present the proposed preferred alternative, the 6-Lane with Collector/Distributor (C/D) Lanes with Split Diamond Interchange (SDI) at the Highway 10 interchange.


The environmental assessment and the proposed preliminary design are currently available for public inspection by visiting the 30 Crossing website (30Crossing.com) and ARDOT.gov. Print copies are available for viewing at the ARDOT Central Office Headquarters (Alternative Delivery Conference Room), located at 10324 Interstate 30 (Exit 130) in Little Rock; and at the Garver Headquarters, located at 4701 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock.


The assessment can also be viewed at the Central Arkansas Library, located at 100 South Rock Street in Little Rock; and at the Laman Library, located at 2801 Orange St. in North Little Rock.


The 30 Crossing project proposes to improve Interstate 30 from Interstate 530 and Interstate 440 to Interstate 40; including the Arkansas River Bridge, and a portion of I-40 from Highway 365 (MacArthur Drive) to Highway 67/167 including associated interchanges.


The open forum format allows citizens the opportunity to view the assessment and proposed location and design plans, and discuss the project with representatives of the project. Information on the right of way appraisal and acquisition procedures will be available. Also included in the assessment are evaluations of potential impacts to the recreational values of the Clinton Center and Park, Riverfront Park, and North Shore Riverwalk Park. Potential impacts, as well as protective actions that will be used to minimize impacts at these parks, are also included. Interested citizens are encouraged to view these documents and submit comments.


Persons wishing to submit written statements or other exhibits may submit them online at 30Crossing.com, send by mail to ARDOT 30 Crossing Public Hearing, Attn: Jon Hetzel, 4701 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118, or send by email at Info@30Crossing.com. Such submissions must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27.


For more information, e-mail info@ConnectingArkansasProgram.com or call 501-255-1519. Additional information on the hearing is available at www.30Crossing.com.