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'Creative Corridor' reaches halfway point
'Creative Corridor' reaches halfway point

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Part of Main Street is shutting down for three weeks, starting September 10th. It's all a part of the city's effort to revitalize the downtown area.

"We're halfway through with the project," said John Honeywell, Director of Little Rock Public Works. We've completed the 100 block "The 200 block is nearing its completion and we started on the 300 block."

The old Main Street has quickly been transforming into the new 'Creative Corridor,' and it's been several years in the making. But continued construction means the street has to shut down between Third and Fourth.

"I'm going to have to change my route a little bit to get there," said Caitlin Savage, who works nearby.

She believes shutting down the 300 block will likely back up traffic.

"I hope everyone leaves a little bit early when that's closed," Savage said.

Vince Bruno, owner of Bruno's Little Italy Restaurant, said he's not worried about business slowing down.

"We have a parking lot that we can use after 5 p.m.," Bruno said. "So as long as we have signage to point people in that direction, because we're open 5 to 10 at night, I don't think it will affect us."

Although construction might be inconvenient for morning commuters, Honeywell feels it's a positive in the long run.

"On the 300 block, we're working on doing rain gardens, doing bigger landscaping areas, he said. "We're also doing a plaza type structure at the intersection of Fourth and Main."

Sidewalks will soon absorb rain water, allowing it to be put back into the water system. The idea is for the area to be a gateway to the new revitalized downtown.

"We're excited to be about halfway done and we're really excited to see it completed and see what the transformation is going to be and then how it matures from this point in the future," Honeywell said.

"They're going to have it fixed up so nice that everyone is going to come down here," Bruno said.

The road closure starts at 7 a.m. on September 10. This phase of the project will be done by October. Honeywell expects the entire creative corridor be completed by the end of the year.

STORY: Main Street to close between Third and Fourth streets