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.



Arkansas House Passes Resolution Supporting Completion of I-49

Arkansas state representatives are joining together to send a message to complete I-49.



LaFayette Civic Leaders Launch New I-49 Connector Coalition

A diverse group of pastors, elected officials and civic leaders announced January 23 a new coalition to support completing the Interstate 49 connector "the right way," which they touted as important for revitalization of neglected areas as well as economic development of the entire region.



Bella Vista bypass a priority for Missouri

Missouri Department of Transportation officials said finishing a missing portion of the Bella Vista Bypass is their top priority -- they just need $32.2 million to do the four-lane section between Pineville, Mo., and the state line.



AR Good Roads Finds Support to Extend Highway Tax Funding

Arkansas voters are leaning toward supporting long-term highway funding, an important step towards building state matching funds for Interstate 49.



Springdale AR businessman named by Gov. Hutchinson to Arkansas Highway Commission (Updated)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has tapped Springdale businessman Philip Taldo for highway commissioner.



Canal Growth Could Tighten Traffic On Arkansas Interstates

AR Good Roads Commissioner Craig Douglass comments on how the Panama Canal opening could impact Arkansas highways and create a greater demand for I-49 completion.



Population projections show Greenwood booming

Population growth in Greenwood, Arkansas, is projected to increase 153% by the year 2040. A new I-49 bridge across the Arkansas River is a significant component of their calculations.



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NWA planners apply for BUILD grant to pay for I-49 gap between AR/MO

The NW AR Regional Planning Commission has once again applied for federal funding to complete a 4.8-mile segment of Interstate 49 in Missouri to the state line. The segment is the only portion of the 18.9-mile Arkansas/Missouri Connector, or the Bella Vista Bypass, that doesn’t have the needed funding identified to complete the project.



AR residents give input in Barling to ArDOT on I-49 project

Fort Smith, AR-area residents had the opportunity to learn more about a proposed I-49 project Thursday during an ArDOT public involvement meeting to discuss 13.7-mile project between AR Hwy. 22 in Sebastian County to the Interstates 40/49 interchange in Crawford County.



ArDOT Public Meeting Documents

Forms and information circulated during the ARDOT public meeting last week for the section of I-49 connecting Barling and Alma can be found on their website. Surveys must be submitted by May 11, 2018.



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