Interstate 530 traffic shift will affect commuters


Motorists traveling on Interstate 530 between Pine Bluff and Little Rock will need to add a few additional minutes of travel time to their commute beginning Friday morning.

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it will start work on a project to replace the bridge carrying the southbound lanes of the interstate over Lorance Creek in south Pulaski County at 9 a.m. Friday.

“This Friday the contractor will shift southbound traffic to one of the two northbound lanes between Bingham Road at mile marker nine and Highway 67/167 at mile marker 10,” assistant public information officer Danny Straessle said. “The project is expected to take three months to complete. The northbound bridge over the creek will then be replaced but no schedule has been set up for that yet.”

The AHTD said that northbound and southbound traffic on I-530 will be limited to one lane in each direction and will be separated by a concrete barrier.

Straessle said that the bridge replacement is part of a larger project extending from Bingham Road to the Grant County-Pulaski County line.

“The work began in January and the 13-mile project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014,” Straessle said. “We are going to overlay just under seven miles of roadway which involves grinding up the surface and overlaying it with a new surface. We will also be rehabilitating two bridge decks and reconstructing three.”

Straessle said the project is part of the 2011 Interstate Rehabilitation Program that will improve 455 miles of Arkansas’ interstates over the coming years.

Additional information for motorists can be found at ArkansasHighways.com.