I-630 Trail Access Infrastructure Request

Public Works is currently taking requests from residents for infrastructure projects for the 2019-2021.  I have been approached from several people who are interested in projects that would make Little Rock a better place for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation but who are not familiar enough with current BikePed challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful request.  It is in that spirit that I share with you this and other ideas.  Unless Little Rock residents fill out an infrastructure request form for this idea, it will not be considered for the 2019-2021 funds.  The demand for each idea is measured, in part, by the number of residents requesting an idea.  Support from local organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations can also help increase the likelihood that a project is selected for implementation.  Requests are due by September 30, 2017.

In order to ride or walk the I-630 trail from McKinley to Mississippi, the trail user must enter the trail from McKinley (Fig. 1), cross Hughes St. (Figs. 2-4), and exit the trail at Mississippi (Fig. 5).  Improvements to access points and trail alignments would improve this corridor and increase use of the Midline (see below).

Figure 1.  An ADA-compliant curb cut and ramp and removal of the signpost and wide sign would make this trail more usable for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Photo by Michael Sprague.

Figure 2.  Traffic is light (~3,100 ADT) at the intersection of Hughes and the I-630 trail.  Map from ArDOT.

Figure 3.  The spacing of the entrance and exit of the I-630 trail at Hughes doesn't align, creating a longer and more dangerous crossing of Hughes St. than is necessary.  Current bus stops here can increase the utility of Rock Region and the Midline.  

Figure 4.  This is a view of the western I-630 trail access from Hughes from the eastern trail access point (see also Fig. 3).  The trail west of Hughes has a crossing farther to the north to avoid the guardrail, so a trail realignment to create a straight crossing would have to be done on the trail to the east of Hughes.  Approximately eight inch high curbs and a large sign post also increase the challenge of this crossing.  Photo by Leland Couch.


Figure 5.  The trail and the crosswalk do not align at Mississippi either.  There is no access from the trail to the crosswalk. 

If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the language below to complete an infrastructure request form and submit it to Public Works no later than September 30th (postal mail and email addresses can be found on the form):

1) Briefly describe the proposed project.  Please include the boundaries of the project.

I-630 Trail Access:  Improvements to the I-630 trail access would increase the utility of the I-630 trail and increase the use of the proposed Midline.  At McKinley, I would like the City of Little Rock to create curb cuts, an ADA-compliant ramp, a crosswalk, and remove the dangerous signpost.  At Hughes, I would like CLR to create curbcuts, ADA ramps, a crosswalk, remove signpost, slightly realign the trail immediately east of Hughes to create a straight crossing, and install a bicycle/pedestrian crossing warning sign on the southern approach to this intersection where sight-lines are poor.  At Mississippi, I would like CLR to remove signpost, fix the pedestrian crosswalk button (it is not currently working) and align the trail to the crosswalk.  I would like CLR to seek a cost-sharing solution with ArDOT to make these improvements.   If a new Master Plan reroutes the Midline to a route that bypasses this project's location, I would like the funding requested here to go toward making BikePed improvements to support that corridor.

2) Indicate if this is a new project or a continuation of an existing project.

This project is an improvement to the existing I-630 trail.