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.

 

 

Northwest Arkansas to receive $25 million BUILD grant for I-49 Bella Vista bypass

Northwest Arkansas will receive a $25 million federal grant to build a 4.81-mile segment of Interstate 49 in Missouri and to complete the 18.9-mile Arkansas/Missouri connector, or the Bella Vista bypass.



$25M grant to help fund I-49 construction

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $25 million to complete the work of the AR/MO connector.



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.



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