3 Travel Impacts(s)
 
 3 Press Release(s)
 
  2 Meeting Notification(s)
 

Overview

These projects are part of the Bella Vista Bypass corridor that will connect in the future with Interstate 49 in McDonald County, Missouri. When complete, the bypass will provide direct access to businesses and community residents to the south and west of Bella Vista, improve transportation connectivity in northwest Arkansas, and improve safety.

Project Photos

April 2015: Deck pour at Faux Road
May 2015: Beckett Road and Tanyard Creek
June 2015: McKisic Creek Bridge
July 2015: Main lanes over McKisic Creek
August 2015: Beckett Road Overpass
August 2015: Beckett Road Overpass
October 2015: Main lanes looking west
October 2015: Main lanes looking east toward Beckett Road
December 2015: McKisic Creek Bridge
March 2016: Peach Orchard Bridge
August 2016: Placing Base Course
December 2016: Main lanes looking east from Faux Road

Project Updates

Job CA0903 Highway 71 Interchange
This project constructs approximately 2.8 miles of highway with bridge structures and includes a new Bella Vista Bypass interchange with Highway 71 in Bentonville. The construction schedule will be coordinated with the Missouri Department of Transportation's timeline to construct its section of the bypass.

  • Construction Overview
    - Constructing a single-point urban interchange with U.S. Highway 71
    - Removing the roundabout and constructing entrance and exit ramps withU.S. Highway 71
    - Constructing 2.8 miles of two-lane highway with bridge structures
    - Constructing drainage structures
    - Construction estimated to be complete in late 2021

Construction Progress

48%

Highway 71 Interchange Map


Updates:

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Construction to build the new Highway 549 (Bella Vista Bypass) interchange with Highway 71 and Interstate 49 in Bentonville requires lane closures on Hwy. 71/Walton Boulevard.
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Jun 13, 2021Jun 19, 2021
During this phase of construction, which begins Tuesday, August 4, drivers should be aware that the roundabout will no longer be in use and to be prepared for new travel patterns.
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Jul 31, 2020
Crews will close a section of the Wishing Springs Trail within the work zone
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Aug 03, 2020
  • Recent Construction
    - Excavation and placing rock fill
    - Placing topsoil on slopes
    - Rock blasting
    - Placing concrete barriers
  • Bid Opening
    ARDOT opened contractor bids in July 2019 and the Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Emery Sapp & Sons and awarded the project for $66.6 million. Construction is estimated to take less than two years to complete once the contractor mobilizes and begins work.

Schedule:

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Job CA0904 Highway 71B – Highway 72 South
This project constructed approximately 6.4 miles of the Bella Vista Bypass, extending generally from Highway 71B in Benton County to Highway 72 South. The project involves the initial two lanes of a four-lane facility and a roundabout at Highway 71B.

Construction Progress

100%

Updates:

  • Construction Overview
    Two-lane highway on new alignment
    Becket Road and Tanyard Creek bridge
    McKisic Creek bridge
    Miller Church Road overpass
    Arthur Road (Punkin Hollow) overpass
    Peach Orchard Road overpass
    Roundabout at Highway 71B
    The Bella Vista Bypass opened to traffic in May 2017
  • Bypass Opens
    The Bella Vista Bypass opened to traffic in May 2017. The completed two-lane section connects U.S. Highway 71B to State Highway 72, as well as previously constructed portions of the bypass. Motorists in western Benton County, southwestern Bella Vista and Gravette can travel from I-49 to Benton County Road 34 (12.1 miles) without a stoplight.
  • Educational Meeting
    The Arkansas Department of Transportation (formerly AHTD) conducted two educational public meetings in November 2016 on how to navigate the Bella Vista Interim Modified Connector (Roundabout) for U.S. Highways 71, 71B, and State Highway 549 in Benton County. Meeting materials are available here.
  • Bid Opening
    Bids were opened by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (formerly AHTD) in February 2014. The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Kolb Grading and awarded the project for $52,605,673.
  • A contract-signing ceremony and luncheon was held April 16, 2014 to celebrate the first-awarded CAP project. It was hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Schedule:

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Job CA0905 County Road 34 – Missouri State Line
This project constructed approximately 2.5 miles of the four-lane Bella Vista Bypass, extending generally from County Road 34 in Benton County to the Missouri state line. The construction schedule was coordinated with the Missouri Department of Transportation's timeline to construct its section of the bypass.

Construction Progress

100%

Updates:

  • Construction Overview
    - Constructed 2.5 miles of four-lane new highway
    - Constructed bridges over Edinburgh Road and Highlands Boulevard / County Road 21
    - Constructed an interchange with County Road 34
    - Will connect with Missouri's portion of the highway
    - Constructed drainage structures
    - Construction substantially complete in October 2020
  • Bid Opening
    ARDOT opened contractor bids in July 2019 and the Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements by Emery Sapp & Sons and awarded the project for $35.5 million. Construction is estimated to take a year to complete once the contractor mobilizes and begins work.

Schedule:

View CA0905 Project Map

Schedules are preliminary and are subject to change as project development progresses.

 

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