CDR’s Master Plan Aesthetics Take Form as Construction Begins at I-630/I-430 Interchange
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has begun construction on the largest urban infrastructure project in the states history in Little Rock. The $140M project involves adding two additional traffic lanes to the I-630/I-430 Interchange as well as more than 200,000 square feet of retaining walls and over eighty pier columns to support the additional exit and on ramps needed for the expansion. CDR was contacted by Bridgefarmer & Associates, the consulting engineers for AHTD, to re-design an already failed aesthetic design scheme, one that would satisfy the community, AHTD, the Federal Highway Administration and all other constituents.
CDR researched the history of Little Rock’s local fauna, flora and economic background as well as that of Arkansas. The result was an overwhelming acceptance of a rich Aesthetic Master Plan to include iconic imagery throughout the projects MSE walls, ramp piers, slopewalls and parapets.