LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Relief is on the way to a traffic nightmare in West Little Rock. The I-430 and Highway 10 interchange has some of the worst rush hour traffic in the city, but a solution is coming.
There is only one ramp to I-430 Northbound for both directions of traffic on Cantrell Road. Needless to say at 5 o'clock on a Monday, it can get pretty crowded. If you ask any driver on Cantrell Road, they'll tell you.
"Oh it's a headache every evening. Probably 30 minutes to an hour back up sometimes," said Will Colvin.
THV 11 wanted to know at 5 o'clock on a Monday, how many people are waiting in traffic to turn on I-430 northbound. THV 11's Lisa Hutson stood at the intersection and counted how long it took for cars to start piling up.
For those making that left hand turn, ten cars were stopped in 30 seconds. From the west side, 30 cars came to stop in just 40 seconds.
We asked a few drivers what the solution could be.
"I think if they did something about a north bound ramp to go onto the freeway north 430," suggested Colvin.
"It will eliminate the crossover of oncoming traffic, so you're improving efficiency and you're improving safety," explained Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
They thought the exact same thing. That is why they are meeting with the public Thursday October 17 at Second Presbyterian Church on Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. They will be showing the public their proposal for a northbound ramp off Highway 10 and ask for their input.
"By alleviating that left turn bay and shifting the ramp to the right side of the roadway and then allowing the continuous movement north, you're not going to have that back up," said Straessle.
It is a traffic nightmare they hope to have under control by 2015.