The Broadway Bridge has been under construction for the last 18 months. Once the old bridge is closed, installation of the new bridge will take 180 days.

Change is a good thing.

That’s what many a commuter is telling themselves as they plan to reroute through downtown Little Rock to avoid the impending Broadway Bridge construction — and they’re right. 

As it currently stands, the Broadway Bridge is nearly a century old and in dire need of restructuring. The Little Rock/North Little Rock link carries 25,000 cars every day, and the new structure has a budget of $98.4 million.

The project was initially scheduled to begin the bridge’s six-month shutdown this past May, but now has its sights set on a September date.

In the meantime, here’s a look at what’s going on at the construction site. For the full story on the Broadway Bridge, check out this feature in our sister publication, Arkansas Business.

The Broadway Bridge has been under construction for the last 18 months. Once the old bridge is closed, installation of the new bridge will take 180 days.

Arch ribs of the new Broadway Bridge are assembled on a river bridge. An artist rendering of what the new bridge will look like (inset.)

Workers with Massman Construction Co. assemble the arch ribs of the new Broadway Bridge.

Kyle Allen (facing) and Mark Spezia help on the assembly job.

A river-level view from the Little Rock side.

A view of the bridge construction from the Stephens Building.

A worker at left flags the crane as work proceeds. The old bridge is set to be closed in September.

Brad Graves with Kansas City-based Massman Construction Co. checks his Go-Pro camera he is using to take time-lapse photos of the new Broadway Bridge construction project.