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Regional Planning Commission Gives Go-Ahead To $2.9 Million In Highway Projects

Posted: February 27, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Regional planners formally picked five projects Wednesday that will receive the remaining $2.9 million in 2014 federal highway money the region is getting this year.

At A Glance

Bella Vista Bypass

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department opened bids Wednesday for the next, six-mile section of the Bella Vista Bypass.

Kolb Grading, of Weldon Spring, Mo., is the apparent low bidder at $52.7 million. Kolb is also the prime contractor on the section from Arkansas 72 north to Benton County Road 34 that is under construction.

The job will extend the new bypass about six miles from Arkansas 72 southeast of Hiwasse to Walton Boulevard in Bentonville. When completed, the new road will open from Walton Boulevard to Benton County Road 34 on the west side of Bella Vista.

The bid is the first project in the voter-approved Connecting Arkansas Program, according to highway officials.

“Northwest Arkansas is proud and excited that the first CAP job is another section of the Bella Vista Bypass,” Arkansas Highway Commissioner Dick Trammel, of Rogers, said in a Highway Department news release. “This is such an important project for our part of the state. The CAP is going to allow us to finish the bypass which will greatly ease the traffic flow through Bella Vista.”

The 19-mile bypass will extend to Interstate 49 at Pineville, Mo. It will be part of the eventual route of I-49, a proposed Interstate from Canada to New Orleans. Two more contracts, both funded under the CAP, will be needed to complete the initial two lanes of what will ultimately be a four-lane bypass.

Source: Staff Report

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