|Updated: 5/30/2012 6:55 am
||Published: 5/29/2012 10:27 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Just in time for Wednesday morning's commute, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will start a major stage of construction on Interstate 430 Southbound.
The work will start at 9 a.m. This phase of the project will last 18 to 21 hours, potentially even longer if it rains.
The AHTD has two words for commuters: stay away.
Glenn Bolick with the AHTD also says,"If weather is coming, it will cause a delay. We might have to shut down for a while. We don't anticipate getting washed out, but we do anticipate the potential for being delayed."
Rain could make this phase of construction last more than 21 hours.
Construction crews will take the section of 430 S approaching the Big Rock Interchange down to one lane at times Wednesday, from three, as they shift exits making the first a Markham Street only exit.
"If everybody thinks that if everybody else doesn't go that way, then I can they are liable to see themselves backed up to Rodney Parham, maybe even to Highway 10," adds Bolick.
All of the northbound lanes will remain open this week.
It is also important to note that 430 S is not shutting down. One southbound lane will remain open at all times.
This traffic pattern will remain in effect for four to five weeks until this phase of construction is complete.