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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3100 on: August 24, 2021, 12:42:12 PM »

The I Drive Arkansas camera by the US 71 I-49 interchange has a nice view of the open southbound lanes.  Though the vast majority of southbound traffic is from US 71 south.

https://idrivearkansas.com/

Agreed!  the NB camera view is great to see the flow & updates on the construction.  i'm interested to see the "touchup" work on the hill face across from the camera.

A timelapse of that feed over the next few weeks would be cool to watch the hillside disappear chunks at a time.

And it just goes to show how overdue this final segment of I-49 has been these past few decades.  Bella Vista is fixing to be pleasant to drive for the residents.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3101 on: August 24, 2021, 01:09:31 PM »

Now, I'm guessing it will take 15 years for the Ft Smith to Texarkana stretch to be completed? When completed. IMO, IH 49 in Arkansas will be one of the most scenic interstates in the midsouth, it should considered a high priority economic corridor to the feds with the amount of interstate commerce that go from Canada to Mexico via IH 49
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3102 on: August 24, 2021, 01:44:11 PM »

Now, I'm guessing it will take 15 years for the Ft Smith to Texarkana stretch to be completed? When completed. IMO, IH 49 in Arkansas will be one of the most scenic interstates in the midsouth, it should considered a high priority economic corridor to the feds with the amount of interstate commerce that go from Canada to Mexico via IH 49
15 years? You have a lot of faith in ARdot
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3103 on: August 24, 2021, 03:26:18 PM »

Now, I'm guessing it will take 15 years for the Ft Smith to Texarkana stretch to be completed? When completed. IMO, IH 49 in Arkansas will be one of the most scenic interstates in the midsouth, it should considered a high priority economic corridor to the feds with the amount of interstate commerce that go from Canada to Mexico via IH 49
15 years? You have a lot of faith in ARdot

Considering the scope, terrain, and the perennial funding issues of what remains, 25-30 years is more realistic.  Could be dropped to around 20 with a healthy dose of federal (i.e. earmark) funding. 
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3104 on: August 24, 2021, 03:46:11 PM »

I'm 47 & I never expect to see 49 completed in my lifetime.  25-30 years it optimistic with the way things move in DC.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3105 on: August 24, 2021, 05:20:12 PM »

Now, I'm guessing it will take 15 years for the Ft Smith to Texarkana stretch to be completed? When completed. IMO, IH 49 in Arkansas will be one of the most scenic interstates in the midsouth, it should considered a high priority economic corridor to the feds with the amount of interstate commerce that go from Canada to Mexico via IH 49
15 years? You have a lot of faith in ARdot

It took from the mid-60's to go over the mountain.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3106 on: August 24, 2021, 06:19:26 PM »

I'm 47 & I never expect to see 49 completed in my lifetime.  25-30 years it optimistic with the way things move in DC.
Does ARDoT have a plan for completing I-49? Do they have the route broken down into phases with a list of priorities indicating in what order segments will be built? That's essential to being able to attract funding, federal or state.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3107 on: August 24, 2021, 07:08:08 PM »

Bypassing the bigger towns first like Mena and DeQueen (even with a super-2 to start) would make a huge difference in travel time. From Greenwood to Texarkana via US 71 is 166 miles. Should be two hours and change. Instead it's 3:15 with usual traffic, according to the Goog. And you KNOW there will be a logging truck.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3108 on: August 24, 2021, 07:12:15 PM »

yeah, I was optomistic about 49, then I forgot that ARDOT Is in charge. With that in mind, IH 30 and 40 projects will take priority
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3109 on: August 25, 2021, 12:46:18 PM »

yeah, I was optomistic about 49, then I forgot that ARDOT Is in charge. With that in mind, IH 30 and 40 projects will take priority

They will certainly get the lion's share of funds, and rightfully so with AADT counts.  However, the perpetuation of the 1/2 cent sales tax after its original sunset was predicated on progress on the 4 Corners with 4 lanes idea that they've bandied about for a few decades now.  And a Super-2 from Ft. Smith to Y City was one of the routes on the marketing push from ARDOT to get the sales tax extended.  None of that binds them to a timeline, however, but politicians including our "Republican" governor hitched their wagon to this infrastructure push, so they've got to show something for our continued sales tax support, and not just in Central AR/NWA.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3110 on: August 25, 2021, 04:55:01 PM »

yeah, I was optomistic about 49, then I forgot that ARDOT Is in charge. With that in mind, IH 30 and 40 projects will take priority

They will certainly get the lion's share of funds, and rightfully so with AADT counts.  However, the perpetuation of the 1/2 cent sales tax after its original sunset was predicated on progress on the 4 Corners with 4 lanes idea that they've bandied about for a few decades now.  And a Super-2 from Ft. Smith to Y City was one of the routes on the marketing push from ARDOT to get the sales tax extended.  None of that binds them to a timeline, however, but politicians including our "Republican" governor hitched their wagon to this infrastructure push, so they've got to show something for our continued sales tax support, and not just in Central AR/NWA.

I'm still waiting to see when they'll publish a new project list for that CAP2 program. I emailed them a few months back but never heard anything.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3111 on: August 26, 2021, 01:56:26 PM »

The I Drive Arkansas camera by the US 71 I-49 interchange has a nice view of the open southbound lanes.  Though the vast majority of southbound traffic is from US 71 south.

https://idrivearkansas.com/

Agreed!  the NB camera view is great to see the flow & updates on the construction.  i'm interested to see the "touchup" work on the hill face across from the camera.

A timelapse of that feed over the next few weeks would be cool to watch the hillside disappear chunks at a time.

And it just goes to show how overdue this final segment of I-49 has been these past few decades.  Bella Vista is fixing to be pleasant to drive for the residents.

The real-time is cool also...the contractor just dropped a load of rock and debris on the roadway.  Too bad the cameras don't have sound.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3112 on: August 31, 2021, 12:29:45 AM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3113 on: August 31, 2021, 01:49:28 AM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3114 on: August 31, 2021, 12:24:52 PM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.

Most of the signs aren't even covered anymore.  It's I-49 (with left lane closed in both directions for striping/shoulder/median/cable barrier work) already pretty much except at the south end.  Still no news from ARDOT on the exit renumbering south of Bella Vista yet.  I emailed them a few weeks ago, and they were pretty vague on the plan in the response.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3115 on: August 31, 2021, 12:32:15 PM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.

Most of the signs aren't even covered anymore.  It's I-49 (with left lane closed in both directions for striping/shoulder/median/cable barrier work) already pretty much except at the south end.  Still no news from ARDOT on the exit renumbering south of Bella Vista yet.  I emailed them a few weeks ago, and they were pretty vague on the plan in the response.

That's news to me. As of a week ago (8/24) most of the signs were still covered.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3116 on: August 31, 2021, 01:36:09 PM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.

Most of the signs aren't even covered anymore.  It's I-49 (with left lane closed in both directions for striping/shoulder/median/cable barrier work) already pretty much except at the south end.  Still no news from ARDOT on the exit renumbering south of Bella Vista yet.  I emailed them a few weeks ago, and they were pretty vague on the plan in the response.

That's news to me. As of a week ago (8/24) most of the signs were still covered.
Iím going to head up there in an hour or so and Iíll take more pics. Iíve seen 3 549 signs recently, two at 71B and one on Highlands, a to 549 sign. They are sandbagged tho, not in the ground. Idk about the AR72 exits


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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3117 on: August 31, 2021, 01:46:40 PM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.

Most of the signs aren't even covered anymore.  It's I-49 (with left lane closed in both directions for striping/shoulder/median/cable barrier work) already pretty much except at the south end.  Still no news from ARDOT on the exit renumbering south of Bella Vista yet.  I emailed them a few weeks ago, and they were pretty vague on the plan in the response.

That's news to me. As of a week ago (8/24) most of the signs were still covered.
Iím going to head up there in an hour or so and Iíll take more pics. Iíve seen 3 549 signs recently, two at 71B and one on Highlands, a to 549 sign. They are sandbagged tho, not in the ground. Idk about the AR72 exits


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The signs at the junctions to the entrance ramps are likely still covered.  I'm thinking about the confidence signage on the road itself.  I don't remember seeing anything northbound that says AR-549 once you get up the hill from the south entrance.  I'll be up there in about 3 hours after I wrap up some work stuff and refresh my memory up to Rocky Dell Hollow Rd. and back.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3118 on: August 31, 2021, 02:03:48 PM »



The signs at the junctions to the entrance ramps are likely still covered.  I'm thinking about the confidence signage on the road itself.  I don't remember seeing anything northbound that says AR-549 once you get up the hill from the south entrance.  I'll be up there in about 3 hours after I wrap up some work stuff and refresh my memory up to Rocky Dell Hollow Rd. and back.

All gone! Replaced with I-49 signage (still covered as of a week ago). Most of the BGS's are in place using mileage computed from Louisiana.



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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3119 on: August 31, 2021, 03:09:53 PM »


The second sign has the old exit numbers
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3120 on: August 31, 2021, 03:19:53 PM »

Will the new roadway be signed I-49 immediately?

Yes.

Technically, it already is, but the signs are covered. There are maybe 3 or 4 549 signa left at US 71 in Bella Vista.

Most of the signs aren't even covered anymore.  It's I-49 (with left lane closed in both directions for striping/shoulder/median/cable barrier work) already pretty much except at the south end.  Still no news from ARDOT on the exit renumbering south of Bella Vista yet.  I emailed them a few weeks ago, and they were pretty vague on the plan in the response.

That's news to me. As of a week ago (8/24) most of the signs were still covered.
Some are some are not

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« Reply #3121 on: August 31, 2021, 04:07:26 PM »


That's news to me. As of a week ago (8/24) most of the signs were still covered.
Some are some are not



Still "most" :)  :pan:
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3122 on: August 31, 2021, 04:12:19 PM »


The second sign has the old exit numbers

THIS sign is new within the last week. Likely for US 71 North.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #3123 on: August 31, 2021, 04:46:14 PM »

Projected ribbon cutting is September 30th at 10am at the state line
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« Reply #3124 on: August 31, 2021, 10:12:02 PM »

Projected ribbon cutting is September 30th at 10am at the state line

But conflicting info on if the road will be open or wait a couple weeks.
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