The construction work along I-430 & I-630 on the west end of town is entering a new phase.
That means there will be seven changes to the traffic pattern over a 20-day period, beginning Thursday.
Drivers who want to know the latest on lane shifts can now find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department's website (click here).
On Thursday, at 9:00 a.m., weather-permitting, the interchange will undergo another round of lane shifts, marking the start of 20 straight days of work--24 hours a day--as crews install more than three-dozen massive steel beams that will provide the framework for the interchange's new flyover ramps.
Drivers are being asked to alter their travel routine as workers prepare for seven traffic pattern changes on the I-430 lanes over the 20-day period. A combination of one and two of the I-430 lanes--northbound and southbound--will close during the lane shifts.
"We recognize that seven changes to the traffic pattern over such a short period of time is a lot of information for motorists to track," said Scott Bennett, Director of the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department. "We want to have as much information as possible out where people can find it quickly and easily, so they can plan their travel around the area accordingly. This is just one part of that effort."
The FAQ's offer detailed information on planned lane closures and construction schedules. They also outline how the planned work will impact individual routes drivers travel most often through the Big Rock Interchange.
The AHTD says the information will be updated throughout the entire 20-day phase of construction. Drivers are encouraged to check the information each day.