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The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission got a $25 million federal grant in December 2018 and gave the money to Missouri in order to complete I-49. The I-49 Missouri project is in the regional planning commission’s planning area.

The project was awarded to Emery Sapp & Sons Inc., of Columbia, Mo., for $58.7 million. Construction is expected to begin in late April or early May with completion by Sept. 30, 2021. The company has built several other portions of Interstate 49 and the bypass.
The goal is for Arkansas and Missouri to each build their portions of the road and then meet at the state line in late 2021, or early 2022 at the latest, according to regional planners. The completed 19-mile connector will allow motorists to circumvent Bella Vista to the west and south on new four-lane interstate.

NW News on 04/03/2020
A new interchange will built at Missouri Route 90 west of Jane. The new road will be a four-lane, limited access highway built to interstate standards.
Arkansas officials broke ground in October on two sections needed to fill missing links on the Arkansas side.
The two projects are the last 2.5 miles from Hiwasse to the state line and a single-point urban interchange to replace the roundabout at I-49 and U.S. 71 in north Bentonville where the new highway heads west. The estimated cost of the projects is just more than $100 million.
A lack of money for the missing section had been delaying completion of the 278-mile section of interstate between Fort Smith and Kansas City, Mo. Bella Vista is now the only stretch where traffic has to leave I-49, on to U.S. 71, to continue traveling north or south. Allowing motorists to bypass Bella Vista, and its multiple traffic signals, should reduce travel times and improve safety, planners have said.

The project has been discussed for 25 or 30 years and is considered a priority by Northwest Arkansas and federal transportation officials. The Northwest Arkansas Council, a group of area civic and business leaders, prioritized completion of the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector, describing it as one of the region’s most important projects.

Missouri highway officials Wednesday approved a plan to complete their remaining portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, also known as the I-49 Missouri/Arkansas Connector.

A lack of money for the missing section had been delaying completion of the 278-mile section of interstate between Fort Smith and Kansas City, Mo. Bella Vista is the only stretch where traffic has to leave I-49 and continue on U.S. 71 to travel north or south. Allowing motorists to bypass Bella Vista, and its multiple traffic signals, should reduce travel times and improve safety, planners have said.

NW News on 04/03/2020
The road will be a four-lane, limited access highway built to interstate standards. An interchange will be built at Missouri Route 90 west of Jane.

Weather permitting, crews will be doing paving and striping at the Arkansas 549/Bella Vista Bypass roundabout from Sunday through Saturday, April 11 to allow for continued construction. Crews will be using flagging operations, signs, and police enforcement to alternately close various lanes on roads connecting with the roundabout, including the northbound ramp to Arkansas 549/Bella Vista Bypass, northbound and southbound North Walton Boulevard, and northbound I-49 during overnight hours.
The project was awarded to Emery Sapp & Sons of Columbia, Mo., for $58.7 million. Construction is expected to begin in late April or early May with completion by Sept. 30, 2021. The company has built several other parts of Interstate 49 and the bypass.
The project has been discussed for more than 25 years and is considered a priority by Northwest Arkansas and federal transportation officials. The Northwest Arkansas Council, a group of civic and business leaders, prioritized completion of the highway, describing it as one of the region’s most important projects.
The two projects are the last 2.5 miles from Hiwasse to the state line and a single-point urban interchange to replace the roundabout at I-49 and U.S. 71 in north Bentonville where the new highway heads west. The estimated cost of the projects is just more than $100 million.
Arkansas officials broke ground in October on two sections needed to fill missing links on the Arkansas side.

The goal is for Arkansas and Missouri to each build their parts and meet at the state line in late 2021, or early 2022 at the latest, according to regional planners. The 19-mile connector will allow motorists to circumvent Bella Vista to the west and south on a four-lane interstate.

Missouri highway officials approved a plan to complete their remaining portion of the Bella Vista Bypass, also known as the Interstate 49 Missouri/Arkansas Connector.