Rock Blasting to Close Lanes on Interstate 49 and State Highway 549 in Bentonville

Information Release
Arkansas Department of  Transportation 
NR 19-336
November 22, 2019

BENTON COUNTY (11-22) – Construction to build a new Bella Vista Bypass interchange 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, the rock blasting will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26. After the Thanksgiving holiday, blasting will continue the week of December 2. During the operations, traffic will temporarily be stopped for up to 15 minutes as a safety precaution in several locations.

Traffic control will be handled by the Arkansas State Police. Watch for warning signs and safety personnel during the work. 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 two-lane 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 ConnectingArkansasProgram.com.

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

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