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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The area for Little Rock's newly approved bike lane project includes the stretch of South Main Street, from I-630 all the way down to Roosevelt. The plan calls for reducing the four existing lanes down to three and keeping the current parking lanes.
For projects like this, it's recommended you have traffic patterns of under 18,000 vehicles a day, to be considered. On average, 5,000 vehicles travel that area a day.
When it comes to safety, Little Rock Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator Jeremy Lewno said this bike lane proposal will address it.
"Studies nationwide have shown that traffic projects like this will reduce speeds because it will reduce them down to the posted speed limit and will help economic businesses along that corridor because it reduces traffic speeds and forces people to stop in those businesses," Lewno explained.
Lewno said there's an added incentive to that as well. He said the project will make this area, which also includes the Pettaway neighborhood, a more bike/pedestrian friendly zone.
Ninety percent of the funding will come from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department, and the rest of the funding will come from the city. Crews will begin working on the project sometime in August.