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Relief could be on the way for commuters in central Arkansas.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is looking to redesign the interchange between Interstate 430 and Interstate 40 to make commuting easier for drivers.

"What you will see are expanded roadways," said AHTD spokesman Danny Straessle.

The interchange has been a problem spot for commuters for some time as drivers coming to Little Rock try to bottleneck their way towards Interstate 630.

"I try to avoid the [interchange] at all costs," said driver Jimmy Gladden, who commutes to Little Rock each day for work. "I'll take the longer way on Cantrell if I have to."

Construction projects to add a third lane to I-40 near the interchange have already been started to help expedite the process, which the AHTD hopes to start in fall when it plans to send its designs out to contractors.

The department wants to widen the ramps around the area to help reduce congestion and make merging easier.

The probability of the project all comes down to funding, however.

"Arkansas relies on federal funding for more than seventy percent of construction projects around the state," continued Straessle.

Congress is considering not renewing funding to all fifty states, and Straessle says if that happens chances are the I-430 and I-40 interchange project will not happen.

The AHTD will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, to share its designs with the public.

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