Crews Blasting Rock at Bella Vista Bypass Site

Published 08/14 2014 05:41PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:16PM

BENTON COUNTY -- Construction contractor Kolb Grading began rock blasting operations as part of the Bella Vista Bypass construction work Thursday.

The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department (AHTD) blasting on the west side of McKissic Creek Road in Benton County is done for the week but will resume sometime early next week and will occur several times a week for about 30 days.

During the rock blasting operations, traffic will be stopped for up to 15 minutes at a time on McKissic Creek Road and Highway 71 Business. The blasting will occur between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Traffic on Interstate 49 may be slowed as a safety precaution, and the pedestrian trail along McKissic Creek Road will be closed during the blasting.

Watch for warning signs and safety personnel during this operation.

More from the AHTD press release:

This project is constructing approximately 6 miles of the bypass, extending from Highway 71B to Highway 72 South. The project involves the initial two lanes of a four-lane facility. The project is part of the Connecting Arkansas Program (CAP), which is funded through a 10-year, half-cent sales tax. The CAP's 35 projects in 19 corridors are improving Arkansas' transportation system by expanding selected two-lane roadways to four-lane highways and adding new lanes to identified interstate highways. More information is available at

Motorists 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 @AHTD.

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