Arkansas Times has a encouraging entry on their blog today about the Broadway Bridge. Mayor Hays and Mayor Stodola have expressed their desire for the Broadway Bridge to be converted into a pedestrian and biking plaza space and divert the traffic to a new bridge at Chester Street. There are already plans for a Chester Street Bridge to be built in the future as capacity grows, so why not build it now and help shift the heavy traffic out of downtown, rather than tear down a beautiful bridge, snarl up traffic for 2 years during construction and replaceit with an uninspiring disappointment?
Once again, it’s probably too little too late. I don’t know what could be done but it looks like one of those win win situations for pedestrians, cars, bikers and downtown!
UPDATE: Tim McKuin’s blog, MOVE ARKANSAS has a pretty good entry as well with some renderings of what could possibly be!