I-49 Construction Underway In River Valley

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said it could be years before the Intestate 49 project is completed through the River Valley.

As construction continues, the department is seeking funds to complete a bridge over the Arkansas River and to connect I-49 to Interstate 40.

“I know there are several leaders here in Fort Smith pushing for funding to be identified,” said Chad Adams, district engineer for the state highway department.

Adams said  six jobs have been added to complete construction of  the section of I-49 between U.S. 71 and Arkansas 22. That section should be opened by mid-2014, he said.

Adams said project cost estimates for Arkansas’ portion of I-49 come in at about $96 million.

Adams said once the project is completed, motorists will see big improvements.


  • SW

    Hutchinson said the tax cuts under his plan would cost about $100 million. He also said his proposed income tax cuts can be paid for with existing growth and surplus funds. Maybe if we invested in I-49 instead of tax cuts we could have some jobs in Fort Smith?

  • Susan Brodie

    We need Rogers Ave. repaved from 540 west before we build this interstate. Hope they will do it after they finish 540. The asphalt they are putting in is not going to last on an interstate. It will need to be redone not long after they put it down, Oklahoma did that on 40 & they had to go in & redo it in concrete because it didn’t last.

  • Skinny

    Why can’t the current roads we have be fixed before we concentrate on new ones? Americans always need the newest, biggest and best of everything, even if we don’t have the money to pay for it.

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