Rock Blasting Requires Lane Closures for Construction of the Bella Vista Bypass

Information Release
Arkansas Department of  Transportation 
NR 20-088
March 13, 2020

BENTON COUNTY (03-13) – Construction to build new lanes and an interchange on the Bella Vista Bypass with U.S. Highway 71 in Bentonville requires rock blasting operations and intermittent lane closures, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, crews will be performing rock blasting operations Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 28, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., excluding Sundays. During the blasting, crews will temporarily stop traffic for up to 15 minutes as a safety precaution in the following locations:

The Arkansas State Police will handle traffic control. Watch for warning signs and safety personnel in the area. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes as delays will occur. The public is advised to be cautious when traveling in the work zone.

This project (Job CA0903) is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program and includes constructing approximately 2.8 miles of roadway with bridge structures on U.S. Highway 549, including a new Bella Vista Bypass interchange with U.S. Highway 71 in Bentonville. More information on this $66.6 million project is available at

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

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