Joplin Globe - Missouri’s section of Bella Vista Bypass scheduled for completion in fall

The 5-mile section of the Bella Vista Bypass in Missouri, between Pineville and the Missouri-Arkansas state line, is 70% complete and will be open to traffic this fall, according to Missouri Department of Transportation officials.

Five proposed projects in the River Valley from Issue 1 funds

Including I-49 extensions, here are five transportation routes proposed to be either rehabilitated or upgraded in the next 10-20 years with funds from Issue 1, according to a map of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s road plans from the Arkansas Department of Transportation. 

ARDOT looks to Issue 1 for I-49 funds

Arkansas State Highway Commissioner Keith Gibson of Fort Smith said Issue 1 funds, if approved by voters, would give the state enough money to begin construction on I-49 between Alma and Chaffee Crossing.


Poll: Highway funding proposal Issue 1 poised to pass

A new poll from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College shows the legislatively-referred measure, backed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state’s major business interests, has the support of nearly 6 in 10 voters. The statewide survey was conducted Oct. 11-13, 2020 among 647 likely voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/-4.9%.

Issue 1 focuses on roads

Whether or not a one-half percent general use sales tax will continue to be collected to help fund road projects will be decided at the polls on Election Day.

FCRA Board Passes Resolution Supporting Issue 1

At its October 15 regular monthly meeting, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) Board of Trustees issued a resolution in support of Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment to be decided by voters during the November 3 election period which provides for a current one-half percent fuel tax to become permanent.

AR Governor: Poll shows 69% support for highway tax

Sixty-nine percent of likely Arkansas voters favor a half-cent sales tax for roads that will be on the November ballot, according to a poll released by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Sept. 23. The poll of 800 likely voters by Gilmore Strategy Group found 69% in favor of Issue 1 and 18% opposed, with 13% undecided.

Issue 1 is top priority for AR Gov. Hutchinson

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is paying close attention to Issue 1 which proposes adding the current half-percent sales tax that funds the renovation and expansion of streets and roads to the state constitution in light of the 2023 expiration date. This would provide a long-term solution to this tax and remove the sunset clause.

Bella Vista Bypass project cost rises by $7 million

A $5.4 million interchange project on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville won’t be ready as previously planned, and money from the project will be diverted to other highway projects in the state. Also, Missouri plans to add $7 million to the budget for its portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, which will become a part of I-49 when it is completed.

AR Highway Commission Schedules Series of Regional Public Meetings to Educate Public on Funding Option

The Arkansas Highway Commission has scheduled a series of regional public meetings in the first quarter of 2020.



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