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US71:
http://contribute.modot.mo.gov/newsandinfo/District0News.shtml?action=displaySSI&newsId=58364

August 04, 2010 I-49 Coming to Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) today approved highway construction resulting in the upgrading of the US 71 corridor between Kansas City and Joplin to interstate standards by the end of 2012.

"Improving US 71 between I-435 in Kansas City and I-44 near Joplin enhances economic development opportunities and freight movement," said Missouri Department of Transportation Interim Director Kevin Keith.  "We are excited about getting closer to an I-49 designation in Missouri."

The original intent was to fund a four-lane bypass of Bella Vista, Ark., creating an interstate from Joplin to Fort Smith, Ark.  However, recent correspondence from the Arkansas State Highway Commission indicates that due to funding shortfalls it intends to construct a two-lane Bella Vista bypass in phases over six years.

pdf map: http://www.modot.mo.gov/southwest/documents/I-49CorridorMap.pdf

bugo:
A TWO LANE Bella Vista bypass?  What is AHTD smoking?  I'm guessing it's crack.

rickmastfan67:
Nah, it must be that high quality weed. lol.

US71:

--- Quote from: bugo on August 04, 2010, 07:12:48 PM ---A TWO LANE Bella Vista bypass?  What is AHTD smoking?  I'm guessing it's crack.

--- End quote ---

Watch them try to toll the thing: no one will drive it.

Revive 755:

--- Quote from: US71 on August 04, 2010, 09:06:42 PM ---
--- Quote from: bugo on August 04, 2010, 07:12:48 PM ---A TWO LANE Bella Vista bypass?  What is AHTD smoking?  I'm guessing it's crack.

--- End quote ---

Watch them try to toll the thing: no one will drive it.

--- End quote ---

I might, depending upon how high the toll is and how many annoying, uncoordinated, possibly photo enforced stoplights there are in Bella Vista.  I'd be happy to pay 75 cents to $1.50 for a super-two (the freeway type, not the other type many states seem to define) bypass of Hannibal, MO.

EDIT:  In case anyone's wondering, I have never been through Bella Vista.

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