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First Section Of Bella Vista Bypass Opened; New I-49 Signs Going Up On Old I-540

Posted: April 23, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF Road signs for Interstate 49 fill an Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department truck stopped to change a U.S. 71 sign to I-49 near Exit 93 in Bentonville.

HIWASSE -- A quick snip of scissors through ribbon on a stretch of empty highway in Hiwasse on Tuesday morning officially opened the first section of the long-awaited Bella Vista Bypass and represents a huge first step toward eventual completion of Interstate 49 through Northwest Arkansas.

At A Glance

Resurfacing Projects

Arkansas Highway Commissioners have approved several repaving projects in Northwest Arkansas for the coming months. They include:

• Resurfacing 3.5 miles of South Eighth Street in Rogers. The work will extend north from Pleasant Grove Road to West Walnut Street. APAC-Central of Fayetteville was awarded the $972,000 contract. Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete this summer.

• Resurfacing 1.7 miles of streets in Cave Springs and 0.8 miles of streets in Sulphur Springs. Hutchens Construction Company of Cassville, Mo., was awarded the $302,500 contract. Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete this summer. Money from the State Aid City Streets Program approved by legislators in 2011 and voters in 2012 is paying for this project.

• Resurface 1.7 miles of East Henri De Tonti Boulevard in Tontitown. The work will extend west from near Maestri Road to just east of Gum Springs Road. Hutchens Construction Company was awarded the $634,900 contract. Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete by early this summer.

• Resurface 1.9 miles of streets in Elkins and 1.7 miles in Farmington. Hutchens Construction Company was awarded the $389,200 contract. Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. The project should be complete this summer. Money for this project is through the State Aid City Streets Program.

Source: Arkansas Highway And Transportation Department

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