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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1000 on: January 23, 2021, 12:34:52 PM »

Any new updates on this work?  The 71 days for the closure of MO Rte 90 should be up.  I drove down I49 into Arkansas at Christmas, but it was dark by the time that we reached the area where the interstate ends.  I was able to see some new temporary concrete barriers setup where the interstate will continue South in the new alignment.

MO-90 was still closed last weekend when I took a drive from Fayetteville to Noel, MO and MO-76/US-160/MO/AR-125 across southern MO to the Peel Ferry and back.  Had to use the King's Highway (MO-H) to bypass construction still.  Drove AR-549 today for work.  The base layer of asphalt down on the northbound lanes the whole way to the first AR-72 exit northbound.  Still working on the bridge over McKissic Creek, but it's starting to look like it was always meant to be now.  Arkansas is looking like they'll be able to open all the lanes long before Missouri can meet them.

Thanks MikieTimT.  Google Maps satellite view shows the extension of the dirt work all the way to the MO state line.  Too bad those contractors can't keep moving north to help MO pick up the pace of the work
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1001 on: January 23, 2021, 01:43:46 PM »

Thanks MikieTimT.  Google Maps satellite view shows the extension of the dirt work all the way to the MO state line.  Too bad those contractors can't keep moving north to help MO pick up the pace of the work

That is an impressive # of earth moving vehicles parked at the north end of the new dirtwork. I also see they have a quarry just over into Missouri for this project
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1002 on: January 23, 2021, 09:17:39 PM »

Any new updates on this work?  The 71 days for the closure of MO Rte 90 should be up.  I drove down I49 into Arkansas at Christmas, but it was dark by the time that we reached the area where the interstate ends.  I was able to see some new temporary concrete barriers setup where the interstate will continue South in the new alignment.

MO-90 was still closed last weekend when I took a drive from Fayetteville to Noel, MO and MO-76/US-160/MO/AR-125 across southern MO to the Peel Ferry and back.  Had to use the King's Highway (MO-H) to bypass construction still.  Drove AR-549 today for work.  The base layer of asphalt down on the northbound lanes the whole way to the first AR-72 exit northbound.  Still working on the bridge over McKissic Creek, but it's starting to look like it was always meant to be now.  Arkansas is looking like they'll be able to open all the lanes long before Missouri can meet them.

Thanks MikieTimT.  Google Maps satellite view shows the extension of the dirt work all the way to the MO state line.  Too bad those contractors can't keep moving north to help MO pick up the pace of the work

Anytime!  I drive that stretch regularly for jobs in Bella Vista and Gravette.  I really need to treat myself to a GoPro at some point and do a short video of that stretch periodically and put on YouTube.  Phone camera gets too much dashboard.  It'd only take around 12 minutes to film the whole stretch from the current end of I-49 northbound where it dumps onto US-71 all the way to Rocky Dell Hollow Rd., but it takes a U-turn on US-71 at the first light to get onto AR-549 northbound.  The same contractor got the Missouri project that is doing the northern stretch in Arkansas, so I'd be shocked if that equipment doesn't just move north.

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/may/25/bella-vista-bypass-interchange-construc/#:~:text=Sapp%20%26%20Sons%20is%20the%20primary,will%20cost%20about%20%2435.5%20million.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1003 on: January 24, 2021, 09:54:02 PM »

Any new updates on this work?  The 71 days for the closure of MO Rte 90 should be up.  I drove down I49 into Arkansas at Christmas, but it was dark by the time that we reached the area where the interstate ends.  I was able to see some new temporary concrete barriers setup where the interstate will continue South in the new alignment.

MO-90 was still closed last weekend when I took a drive from Fayetteville to Noel, MO and MO-76/US-160/MO/AR-125 across southern MO to the Peel Ferry and back.  Had to use the King's Highway (MO-H) to bypass construction still.  Drove AR-549 today for work.  The base layer of asphalt down on the northbound lanes the whole way to the first AR-72 exit northbound.  Still working on the bridge over McKissic Creek, but it's starting to look like it was always meant to be now.  Arkansas is looking like they'll be able to open all the lanes long before Missouri can meet them.

Thanks MikieTimT.  Google Maps satellite view shows the extension of the dirt work all the way to the MO state line.  Too bad those contractors can't keep moving north to help MO pick up the pace of the work

Anytime!  I drive that stretch regularly for jobs in Bella Vista and Gravette.  I really need to treat myself to a GoPro at some point and do a short video of that stretch periodically and put on YouTube.  Phone camera gets too much dashboard.  It'd only take around 12 minutes to film the whole stretch from the current end of I-49 northbound where it dumps onto US-71 all the way to Rocky Dell Hollow Rd., but it takes a U-turn on US-71 at the first light to get onto AR-549 northbound.  The same contractor got the Missouri project that is doing the northern stretch in Arkansas, so I'd be shocked if that equipment doesn't just move north.

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/may/25/bella-vista-bypass-interchange-construc/#:~:text=Sapp%20%26%20Sons%20is%20the%20primary,will%20cost%20about%20%2435.5%20million.

I didn't look that closely at the contractor...that's good that they can continue moving north.  most times the state lines & different DOT's cause delays.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1004 on: January 25, 2021, 09:51:31 AM »

I didn't look that closely at the contractor...that's good that they can continue moving north.  most times the state lines & different DOT's cause delays.

The NWA Council helped Missouri get the BUILD grant to finish the Bella Vista Bypass, so they're on the same page on this project in general since it helps both states.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1005 on: February 04, 2021, 05:03:20 PM »

MoDOT has just announced MO 90 between US 71 and Noel (at I-49) is now open to traffic.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1006 on: February 04, 2021, 09:47:04 PM »

https://www.modot.org/node/21883

Here's the announcement link
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1007 on: February 26, 2021, 07:09:16 AM »

Aside from the MO 90 bridge and interchange construction, do we know what work has been done so far on this project?
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1008 on: February 26, 2021, 08:25:56 AM »

Aside from the MO 90 bridge and interchange construction, do we know what work has been done so far on this project?

Outside of MikieTimT or US71, there's nothing else in any news articles or MoDOT & Ark DOT sites for updates.  I was looking for photos from the MO 90 bridge work & haven't found any.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1009 on: February 26, 2021, 12:21:37 PM »

Aside from the MO 90 bridge and interchange construction, do we know what work has been done so far on this project?

I took some photos a couple weeks ago, but haven't had time to sort them.

The road appears paved north of Bella Vista/CR 34 and work continues to pave the it south of there.

The (AR 549) I-49/US 71 interchange at Bentonville continues to be built/upgraded.

If the weather holds, I hope to get to Missouri to check on things up there.

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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1010 on: February 27, 2021, 02:29:36 PM »

I will be in the area around May, I will see if I can get some pictures while there.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1011 on: March 01, 2021, 02:10:48 PM »

Aside from the MO 90 bridge and interchange construction, do we know what work has been done so far on this project?

Outside of MikieTimT or US71, there's nothing else in any news articles or MoDOT & Ark DOT sites for updates.  I was looking for photos from the MO 90 bridge work & haven't found any.

Hadn't been up into Missouri since my last post, but on the Arkansas side, I was on AR-549 twice yesterday, once all the way to Exit 287.  Still have roadbed pretty much completed from where the offramp splits off for US-71 on southbound Future I-49 that AR-549 uses currently for both directions, along with all bridge decks and barriers along with the asphault base from the stretch north where the almost completely poured median barrier ends with a grass median taking its place.  They have poured the concrete base nearly the whole stretch where they will put the posts in for the cable barrier in the median.  They could likely get a significant stretch of 4 lane done by summer's end in the middle section, barring weather or pandemic delays if the contractor is scheduled to do the concrete road surface.  Don't know if that's scheduled, though, but they have done the part with the center divider completed with concrete surface already to the new US-71 overpass approach, which already has the support beams over US-71.  The northbound I-49 entrance ramp has a bridge with support beams in place as well, but no decking or approaches yet either.  They've still got to build up the grade for the approaches on both ends of both overpasses/bridges.  Anyway, that's the status update on the Arkansas side.  Didn't check any further north than Exit 287, though.  Wonder when they'll get around to renumbering exits on the Arkansas side at this point down to I-40/Alma.  Probably when it's almost time to open the bypass.
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1012 on: March 01, 2021, 03:24:07 PM »

Aside from the MO 90 bridge and interchange construction, do we know what work has been done so far on this project?

Outside of MikieTimT or US71, there's nothing else in any news articles or MoDOT & Ark DOT sites for updates.  I was looking for photos from the MO 90 bridge work & haven't found any.

Hadn't been up into Missouri since my last post, but on the Arkansas side, I was on AR-549 twice yesterday, once all the way to Exit 287.  Still have roadbed pretty much completed from where the offramp splits off for US-71 on southbound Future I-49 that AR-549 uses currently for both directions, along with all bridge decks and barriers along with the asphault base from the stretch north where the almost completely poured median barrier ends with a grass median taking its place.  They have poured the concrete base nearly the whole stretch where they will put the posts in for the cable barrier in the median.  They could likely get a significant stretch of 4 lane done by summer's end in the middle section, barring weather or pandemic delays if the contractor is scheduled to do the concrete road surface.  Don't know if that's scheduled, though, but they have done the part with the center divider completed with concrete surface already to the new US-71 overpass approach, which already has the support beams over US-71.  The northbound I-49 entrance ramp has a bridge with support beams in place as well, but no decking or approaches yet either.  They've still got to build up the grade for the approaches on both ends of both overpasses/bridges.  Anyway, that's the status update on the Arkansas side.  Didn't check any further north than Exit 287, though.  Wonder when they'll get around to renumbering exits on the Arkansas side at this point down to I-40/Alma.  Probably when it's almost time to open the bypass.

That's my guess.  Everything north of Bentonville is already numbered (only 3 exits though)
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Re: I-49 Coming to Missouri
« Reply #1013 on: March 01, 2021, 03:44:21 PM »

I am slowly uploading some of my recent I-49 construction photos to the  Build I-49 Facebook page,

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« Reply #1014 on: March 01, 2021, 05:15:20 PM »

Big thanks to US71 & MikieTimT for the updates.
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