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6 Laning of I-540 to Begin
« on: May 08, 2012, 05:52:51 PM »

http://www.nwacouncil.org/2012/05/widening-i-540-to-six-lanes-starts-this-summer/

Initial plan is to widen I-540 between exits 62 (US 62 West) and 64 (AR 16 West) this Summer.  Further widening is contingent on voters approving a temporary 1/2 cents tax in November.

Now if they would only resurface I-40: it's in really sad shape.
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Re: 6 Laning of I-540 to Begin
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 10:24:27 AM »

6 Lanes is badly needed as well as intersection improvements at both exits 62 and 64.. as well as the Porter Rd intersection that one needs to be redone altogether especially around the curve and frontage roads
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Re: 6 Laning of I-540 to Begin
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 10:50:56 AM »

6 Lanes is badly needed as well as intersection improvements at both exits 62 and 64.. as well as the Porter Rd intersection that one needs to be redone altogether especially around the curve and frontage roads

Porter Road was partially redone a couple years ago, though there isn't a lot to work with. http://g.co/maps/bf5h4

It should have remained grade separated only, as it was when 71 was 2-Lanes
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Re: 6 Laning of I-540 to Begin
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 11:19:51 AM »

Do you think more work will be done to help NW Arkansas' traffic problems once I-49 is at least connected from Kansas City to Fort Smith and the bypass is completed? It will probably be too little too late but with a finished freeway to the north there will be heavier traffic through there right? Although, that's what everyone uses anyway now is 71 and 540
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Re: 6 Laning of I-540 to Begin
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 11:50:46 AM »

Do you think more work will be done to help NW Arkansas' traffic problems once I-49 is at least connected from Kansas City to Fort Smith and the bypass is completed? It will probably be too little too late but with a finished freeway to the north there will be heavier traffic through there right? Although, that's what everyone uses anyway now is 71 and 540

It's possible, but one never knows with AHTD. They promised to keep US 71 between Alma & Fayetteville in good condition when 540 was built, but they have failed miserably at that.

The 6th Street (Martin Luther King)/540 Interchange was redone last year, but it's another case of limited room to work with.

AHTD has a long history of taking a reactive approach to traffic changes rather than taking a pro-active approach.
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