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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2250 on: December 05, 2018, 08:30:40 PM »

Missouri has Awarded the Building removal job for future I49 last segment today and ARDOT has one project on going to build additional lanes on the Bella Vista Bypass. With ARDOT has 2 projects to finish their part and MODOT has the final project to finish their part I believe there is a good Situation to get the Build Grant from Federal Transportation. Senator Tom Cotton is also helping. They have until December 18 to award the grants. Lets hope the do nothing congress funds the upcoming funding gap so it doesn't get delayed.

Hopefully, but I'm not holding my breath.  Arkansas is basically a "fly over" state so we're often low on the list of priorities... especially since John Paul Hammerschmidt retired from the House.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2251 on: December 06, 2018, 05:14:32 PM »

Grant approved!
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2253 on: December 06, 2018, 05:31:54 PM »

Grant approved!

https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/-25-million-grant-awarded-to-complete-arkansas-missouri-i-49-connection_/1643707068?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_FOX24_News
Heck yeah. That's great news.

EDIT: https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/interstate-project-gets-million-boost-from-federal-grant/article_0d426cc4-f9a5-11e8-be48-57955c14520d.html
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Transportation departments from Missouri and Arkansas have been working on completing this project for about 25 years. according to the press release. An engineer with MoDOT's Southwest District said in June that if the full $25 million was awarded, then state officials could propose to begin working on the project in 2021 or 2022.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2254 on: December 06, 2018, 06:37:26 PM »

BOOM!!
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2255 on: December 06, 2018, 06:50:54 PM »

According to ARDOT, this money will be used to complete the Missouri segment since the Arkansas portion is already funded.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2256 on: December 06, 2018, 07:27:03 PM »

 :clap: :coffee: :clap:

Just in time, 25 years later. Haha

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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2257 on: December 07, 2018, 02:10:36 PM »

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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2258 on: December 07, 2018, 04:06:07 PM »

That was a great scene from Ghostbusters II (1989). I am a Ghostbusters fanatic, which is why my profile is titled The Ghostbuster.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2259 on: December 07, 2018, 05:32:21 PM »

That was a great scene from Ghostbusters II (1989). I am a Ghostbusters fanatic, which is why my profile is titled The Ghostbuster.

This was a great post from The Ghostbuster (12/7/2018, 04:06:06 PM). I am a great post fanatic, which is why you must really be great at parties.

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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2260 on: December 07, 2018, 07:10:28 PM »

That was a great scene from Ghostbusters II (1989). I am a Ghostbusters fanatic, which is why my profile is titled The Ghostbuster.

This was a great post from The Ghostbuster (12/7/2018, 04:06:06 PM). I am a great post fanatic, which is why you must really be great at parties.
What are you supposed to be? The post master? You know everything there is to know about posts? August 12th, 2023(exact time to the hour:minute unknown). A thread about the revival of the 710 tunnel in the Pacific Southwest section. Mark it down.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2261 on: December 07, 2018, 08:07:03 PM »

:clap: :coffee: :clap:

Just in time, 25 years later. Haha

Better late than never...


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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2262 on: December 08, 2018, 07:06:13 PM »

Here is a quote from Bennett. "Now that Missouri DOT has the money to fund its portion of the bypass, we can now begin to schedule the remaining components here in Arkansas," said Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. "And that will happen quickly because we already have the money provided by the voter-approved Connecting Arkansas Program."
 Also I read where a Missouri engineer said that they would have to update the environmental part and that would take a year or less. So Maybe it can still be done in a few years.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2263 on: December 08, 2018, 09:24:53 PM »

Here is a quote from Bennett. "Now that Missouri DOT has the money to fund its portion of the bypass, we can now begin to schedule the remaining components here in Arkansas," said Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. "And that will happen quickly because we already have the money provided by the voter-approved Connecting Arkansas Program."
 Also I read where a Missouri engineer said that they would have to update the environmental part and that would take a year or less. So Maybe it can still be done in a few years.

On Twitter, ARDOT said 2022/2023 for completion
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2264 on: December 08, 2018, 11:17:44 PM »

Here is a quote from Bennett. "Now that Missouri DOT has the money to fund its portion of the bypass, we can now begin to schedule the remaining components here in Arkansas," said Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. "And that will happen quickly because we already have the money provided by the voter-approved Connecting Arkansas Program."
 Also I read where a Missouri engineer said that they would have to update the environmental part and that would take a year or less. So Maybe it can still be done in a few years.

On Twitter, ARDOT said 2022/2023 for completion

If that's the case, I suspect that MoDOT and ArDOT both have construction contracts ready to let out for bidding?
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2265 on: December 10, 2018, 11:10:42 AM »

A brief update on the I-49 sign upgrades:

A contractor for ARDOT is currently installing new sign posts and post footings. Also along I-40 at I-49.

In the Lowell area. the median barrier has been removed in places to make way for installing new gantry signposts.

I doubt the new signs will start to be posted until at least January.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2266 on: December 11, 2018, 07:54:24 PM »

The build projects for Arkansas are on the US department of transportation now. I49 Missouri project and Arkansas projects are figured to cost a total of $134,516,665.00.  https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/policy-initiatives/327856/build-fact-sheets-121118-355pm-update.pdf
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2267 on: December 12, 2018, 01:09:55 PM »

So to complete AR 549/Future I-49 in Northwest Arkansas, the following needs to be done:

1. Add second lane to AR 549/Future I-49 from I-49/US 71 roundabout to Rocky Dell Hollow Road.  (in progress)

2. Complete AR 549/I-49/US 71/N. Walton Blvd interchange

3. Complete Rocky Dell Hollow Road interchange and Extend four lanes of Future I-49 to Missouri State Line.

4. Wait for Missouri to finish it's part.

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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2268 on: December 12, 2018, 01:54:38 PM »

I'm hearing from a Bella Vista source that Walmart has purchased land at the Rocky Dell Road (also was the old "Gun Range Road") interchange for a Neighborhood Market.  Given that WM builds these only when they're surrounded by neighborhoods, they clearly see this as a hot growth spot.  And again, can't wait to see what will indubitably be a "Texarkana-class" Arkansas Welcome Center near there, although that won't be at an interchange.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2269 on: December 12, 2018, 02:01:56 PM »

I'm hearing from a Bella Vista source that Walmart has purchased land at the Rocky Dell Road (also was the old "Gun Range Road") interchange for a Neighborhood Market.  Given that WM builds these only when they're surrounded by neighborhoods, they clearly see this as a hot growth spot.  And again, can't wait to see what will indubitably be a "Texarkana-class" Arkansas Welcome Center near there, although that won't be at an interchange.

There's a need for more services on the west side of Bella Vista for sure as most are concentrated along 71B currently.  And Highlands Blvd. is pretty close to there, so there will be a ready supply of traffic for that exit even without the eminent buildup of that area.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2270 on: December 12, 2018, 07:34:38 PM »

OT I think the stretch of 49 from From Smith to Texarkana might be done the same way IH 22 was done in Alabama. That took nearly 20 years to do 100 miles. Even though about 20-30 miles outside of Birmingham is 6 lanes which I love, but the 22/65 interchange took 5-7 years...
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2271 on: December 12, 2018, 07:40:55 PM »

I'm hearing from a Bella Vista source that Walmart has purchased land at the Rocky Dell Road (also was the old "Gun Range Road") interchange for a Neighborhood Market.  Given that WM builds these only when they're surrounded by neighborhoods, they clearly see this as a hot growth spot.  And again, can't wait to see what will indubitably be a "Texarkana-class" Arkansas Welcome Center near there, although that won't be at an interchange.

There's a need for more services on the west side of Bella Vista for sure as most are concentrated along 71B currently.  And Highlands Blvd. is pretty close to there, so there will be a ready supply of traffic for that exit even without the eminent buildup of that area.

But it's a pain in the tukus to go from I-49 over to Highlands Blvd. It wouldn't surprise me if some of the big players like Love's were already scouting out the area or even quietly buying land.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2272 on: December 12, 2018, 10:47:49 PM »

Proper grammar.
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2273 on: December 12, 2018, 10:49:04 PM »

OT I think the stretch of 49 from From Smith to Texarkana might be done the same way IH 22 was done in Alabama. That took nearly 20 years to do 100 miles. Even though about 20-30 miles outside of Birmingham is 6 lanes which I love, but the 22/65 interchange took 5-7 years...
Is I-22 ever going to be extended to US 31?
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Re: I-49 in Arkansas
« Reply #2274 on: December 13, 2018, 10:35:59 AM »

I don't think so. Not in the next 5 years. I would love another way to bypass Birmingham.
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