The Interstate 430-630 “Big Rock” interchange in West Little Rock is now completed and open to traffic. A ribbon cutting was held on July 8th and traffic flowed through the entire interchange just a few days later.
It took three contract phases to complete the project, the first phase beginning in January 2009. Plans for the modifications were announced in 2004.
“It is amazing to see what has transpired at this interchange over the past six years,” stated Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. “I am proud to be standing at one of the most remarkable construction projects ever in this city.”
Including construction and other related items, the total cost of the modifications to the Big Rock Interchange was approximately $150 million. All of the work done while approximately 100,000 vehicles went through the project area on the Interstate 430 and 630 each day.
“This project created thousands of jobs and has been a tremendous boost to our city’s economy,” Stodola added. “It is critical to have connectivity of citizens to our capital city. It’s good for our city, our citizens and, most importantly, it allows us to be safe.”
“A lot of work went into this interchange,” stated AHTD Director Scott Bennett. “Thanks to everyone involved in its planning, design, construction and inspection. We are very happy to see its completion”.
Bennett thanked Highway Department officials as well as community and business leaders for their support of the project during its planning and throughout the construction phase.
By David Nilles