Bella Vista Bypass Extension Project Dead Ends After Missouri Vote Fails

Bella Vista Bypass

BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – Plans to extend the Bella Vista Bypass have hit a dead end after voters in Missouri defeated a multibillion dollar sales tax hike Tuesday night (Aug. 5). Election results show 59 percent of voters opposed the highway tax, while 41 percent were in favor of it passing. If approved, the highway tax would’ve funded more than 800 highway and transportation projects across Missouri, including the extension of the Bella Vista Bypass across state lines. The 19-mile road project would’ve been built from Bentonville north into Pineville, Missouri, which would then become a section of Interstate 49.

Arkansas voters approved the half cent sales tax to pay for its part of the two lane $150 million Bella Vista Bypass. However, since Missouri voters have rejected the highway tax, the Bella Vista Bypass will now stop about two miles south of the Arkansas-Missouri border on County Road 34, according to John McLarty, transportation study director for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

“It’s not a road to nowhere, but it would be a road to a county road up in North Arkansas on the west side of Bella Vista,” McLarty said. “But it would be much nicer to go to Pineville, MO in the Missouri portion of it.”

 

 

4 comments

  • FedUp

    “It’s not a road to nowhere, but it would be a road to a county road up in North Arkansas on the west side of Bella Vista,” McLarty said. “But it would be much nicer to go to Pineville, MO in the Missouri portion of it.” Huh?

  • Arkajun

    I guess this means the end of the highway sales tax and the refund of the taxes already collected. Yeah, right!

  • Elaphas

    We’re better off without I-49 running through the state. We don’t need the “progress” that comes with it in the form of traffic congestion, crime, and more out-of-state workers, liberals, and welfare moochers bringing their values to Arkansas.

    • Tyler Mckinney

      Because improving the road system in Arkansas is going to bring traffic congestion, crime, and more out-of-state workers, liberals, and welfare moochers as you so put it. This is the mose ignorant and uneducated comment I have heard. Yes lets stop economical progress and lets forget about how many jobs and new businesses this would create in the state along the highway because it will bring liberals and welfare moochers. If you don’t like progress I suggest you move out of Northwest arkansas into a more rural part of the state that had only dirt roads, so you can “Keep dem der liberals out of my state!”

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