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.

 

 

Gov. Hutchinson: Poll shows voters moved by highway tax’s statewide benefit

Speaking to the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation Annual Meeting, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said that 68.6% of respondents in an Oct. 9th poll of 800 likely state voters said that the message that generates the most support for a proposed half-cent sales tax extension is that it would affect highways in all four corners of the state, 



Governor says internal polling suggests support for highway proposal

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said internal polling he’s conducted shows strong support for passage of the half-cent sales tax for Arkansas highways.



Gov. Hutchinson kicks off highway funding campaign

With less than a year until the November 2020 election, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and stakeholders for better roads officially launched their campaign for Issue 1, a permanent extension of a half-cent sales tax that is set to expire in 2022.



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