Signs Go Up This Week For Official Name Change Of Interstate 540

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Highway officials said signs would be going up starting the week of April 21st changing Instate 540 to Interstate 49.

The Arkansas Highway Department got approval by the Federal Government Wednesday (April 16) to rename the route from Interstate 40 near Alma, to the U.S. Highway 71B Interchange south of Bella Vista.

Some people in the River Valley were on board with the name change, "I think it will be good I think it's eventually going to change over anyway so it kind of gets people use to the idea and stuff. I think it will be a good idea."

Others believed it could cause problems for drivers, especially if it did not change over in the GPS systems quickly.

Highway administrators said I-49 in Arkansas would be apart of a larger project connecting Canada to the Gulf of Mexico through a single highway. They said before it could be finished the bridge over the Arkansas River connecting I-49 from Alma  to Barling needed to be complete.

Officials said they did not know when the bridge would be done because they did not have any money set aside for the project.



  • Larry

    This is just a real waste of tax dollars. Build the fricken road, THEN worry about the signs. I am 63 and I will not live long enough to see this completed.

  • Tom Sambo

    Why do people include “and stuff” when they speak? What is this “stuff” they are referring to? I-49 is the beginning of the end for the “Natural State.” If you think the riff-raff are coming in now, just wait until this thing is finished.

    • RegulationNation

      What are you talking about Tom? How is this ‘the end of the natural state’? A little dramatic there aren’t we? I-49 will do nothing but help this lagging, jobless, and poverty-stricken part of the country and state grow. You know, provide people like me, who has graduated college with two degrees, with a job related to my field of study without having to drive to Northwest Arkansas every day?

  • Ted

    If you really want something to complain about it should be the initial 540 numbering done 20 years ago. A 3 digit interstate number is supposed to indicate a spur in an urban area. Here it was used on a nearly 100 mile section of road that would have been better left as US 71. Also, stay out of Missouri as they’ve renamed US 71 to I-49 all the way from the Arkansas border to KC.

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