Overall Progress

 

Coalition members at AR/LA opening

 

Missouri

• 180 miles, from Kansas City to Pineville, completed 12/12/12 !

• 6 miles of Bella Vista Bypass still to be completed; est. $25 M needed. 

 

NW Arkansas

•  A 14 mile, 2-lane portion of the Bella Vista bypass is being built, partially funded from the 10-year ½ cent sales tax for highways approved by Arkansas voters in 2012. When an additional $50M is obtained, the Bypass will ultimately be 4-lane and will be renamed I-49.

 

• The new sales tax is also helping to expand Hwy 540 to 6 lanes between Fayetteville    and Bentonville, and Hwy 540 has been renamed I-49 !

 

 Western Arkansas 

• 6 miles of I-49 at Chaffee Crossing opened in July ‘15

• 180 miles, Texarkana to Fort Smith, still needs $2.5 B funding.

• The Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has commissioned a study to evaluate the possibility of toll roads in the state

  

SW Arkansas 

• The Hwy 549 Eastern Loop around Texarkana opened 4/30/13.

• The 4.4 miles extending Hwy 549 from Doddridge to the Louisiana border opened in a joint ceremony at the Arkansas/Louisiana border on November 10, 2014. Hwy 549 has now been renamed I-49 !

 

Louisiana 

NW Louisiana:     • The 30 miles from Hwy 1 in Shreveport to the Arkansas border, was opened in the joint ceremony on November 10th !

• The I-49 approach and the Interchange at I-220 in North Shreveport went to bid in early 2014  with an estimated completion time of three years.

• The environmental process on the Inner-City Connector through Shreveport is to move forward, with public meetings in 2015.  ICC cost is estimated at $250-300M.

 

South Louisiana:   • The 160 miles of US 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans is being converted to I-49 South. One hundred miles is complete to Interstate standards, and there are currently 6 projects in various stages of planning and development along the I-49 South corridor.

•   LA DOTD is advertising for review of the EIS in order to reduce the remaining costs for I-49 South to around $1.5 B.

 

 

I-49 Missing Link in Fort Smith Region

I49 Coalition executive director Gard Ways recently told Western AR Planning and Development District board members that finishing a 13.7-mile stretch between I-40 and Highway 22 of I-49 in Fort Smith is a high priority for its members.



Legislature says I-49 vital to western Arkansas prosperity

The completion of Interstate 49 in western Arkansas will be vital to creating economic prosperity according to an Arkansas House of Representative resolution delivered to federal government officials.



Arkansas road funding proposals would require voter approval

Times Record - Arkansas legislature bills that would provide matching funds for I-49 would require voter approval.



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