Northwest Arkansas Progress



A 14-mile two-lane portion of the Bella Vista bypass is under way, partially funded from the 10-year, ½ cent sales tax for highways approved by Arkansas voters on 11/6/12. The Bella Vista bypass is designed to be four lanes It will become a part of I-49 when additional funding is obtained and the other two lanes are built. The new highway tax is also helping to expand I-540 to six lanes between Fayetteville and Bentonville; I-540 will become a part of I-49. 


Bella Vista Bypass and connection to Missouri section of I-49


Bella Vista Bypass construction photos - December 2014


 View west of Highway 72

View West of Lowes


View Northwest of Lowes



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Letter from Governer Mike Beebe





I-49 Coalition letter to US Transportation Secretary Chao

I-49 Coalition letter to US Transp. Sec. Dir. Chao

NWA planners to apply for federal grant to complete I-49 AR/MO gap

The NWA Regional Planning Commission intends to apply for $32.4 million from the $1.5 billion Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program to finish I-49 at the Arkansas-Missouri border.

Connectivity focus in Alma

The city of Alma, Arkansas has chosen to rebrand itself as the "Crossroads of America" in anticipation of I-49 intersecting I-40 on its doorstep - Times Record

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