The three- year project is now complete, and the first section of the Springdale bypass is open.
Drivers will be able to use the Springdale Northern bypass to get from State Highway 112 to Interstate 49 without hitting a stoplight.
The official opening took place at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30.
Drivers will see signs for the bypass as well as a new exit.
The four-lane divided highway is approximately 4 1/2 miles long and costs upwards of $100 million to construct.
Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Department of Transportation says the project would not have been possible without the support of Arkansans.
“Well this project has been made possible only because of the voters in Arkansas, back in November of 2012, in the general election, voters authorized a half-cent sales tax to fund projects like this and we wouldn’t be able to do a project like this without the support of the people,” Straessle said.
This is the first segment of what will eventually become the 412 bypass.
Straessle says the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s future projects also include revamping exit 85 in Rogers and the Martin Luther King Boulevard and Wedington interchanges in Fayetteville.
Work began on the bypass in February 2015 and was not set to be completed until mid-2019.
Straessle says hard work and good weather contributed to the early opening.