I-530 work south of Little Rock nears traffic shift phase

Crews working on the reconstruction of Interstate 530, south of Little Rock (Jefferson and Grant counties), are preparing for a traffic shift to one side of the interstate – where one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

Concrete median barrier walls are being placed this week and temporary access ramps have been constructed at the Redfield and Jefferson interchanges, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials said.

The contractor is working to complete all the necessary preliminary work to shift northbound traffic and place all traffic on the southbound side during the first week or second week of May, officials said.

The work includes a seven-mile section of the scheduled total reconstruction of I-530 from Little Rock to near Pine Bluff.

Interstate Highway Construction Inc. has a $26 million project for the I-530 work from just south of the Pulaski County line to the Jefferson Interchange (between exits 15 and 24.) Work began near the end of 2011. Estimated completion of this section is late 2013.

Total reconstruction includes removing all the old concrete and asphalt pavements and making improvements to the subgrade and base before replacing the surface with a new Portland cement concrete pavement.

Three other I-530 reconstruction jobs are tentatively scheduled as part of the 2011 Interstate Rehabilitation Program. The next section is scheduled for late 2012 from the northern end of this first job for 7.5 more miles to Bingham Road in Pulaski County. These first two jobs will overlap. The 8.8-mile section from Bingham Road to I-30 in Little Rock is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2014. A final section for 6.1 miles from Jefferson to Highway 104 is tentatively scheduled for early 2015.