Arkansas Showing Missouri the Money for I-49 Project


On Wednesday night, the Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission presented its plans to apply for a multi-million  dollar grant to fund the I-49 Connector Project.  

Tim Conklin is the Transportation Programs Manager for the Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission. He presented the plans for the project. Conklin said, “We’ll be applying for $32.4 million dollars, of a $170 million dollar funding package, to complete I-49, between Bentonville, Bella Vista to Pineville Missouri.”

 I-49 cuts off in Bella Vista, turning into 71 North. The problem is all of the heavy traffic coming from the interstate, comes to a complete standstill at traffic lights, which is why officials want to secure the funding to complete the project. “

Conklin said, “This project has been in the works for decades, Arkansas has the funds today, we are trying to complete an interstate connecting Missouri to Arkansas. “

Missouri is short that $32.4 million to complete its portion of the project.

If Arkansas gets the grant, it’ll hand that money over to the “Show Me State.”

The group approved the decision to apply for the grant. 

The money will come from a U.S. Department of Transportation program called Infrastructure for Rebuilding America.  

“This would complete this freight corridor ,providing access to interstate 40, I-44, I-70 to Kansas city, and beyond to I-29,” said Conklin.

The commission said the completion of this project will create a seamless interstate, and attract big businesses, making our economy here in Arkansas even more competitive. 

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