Heavily used exit ramps along Interstate 49 in Benton County have shut down for approximately three months.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer, Danny Straessle, said the north-and-southbound ramps of Exit 86 are now closed for about 90 days to complete the Highway 62/102 interchange project.
“It may take some drivers who haven’t received the word yet a couple of times to figure out what’s going on. I think once we get a week or two into this, the motorist will know what’s going on,” Straessle said.
Straessle said ArDot strategically decided to close the ramps on Friday night (February, 15.).
“This gives us an added opportunity to get this into place and get this set before the normal work week picks back up this week,” Straessle said.
Bentonville Police Department Sergeant Gene Page with said his team is watching the area to make sure drivers aren’t caught off guard.
“We want to make sure that we have our traffic divisions in the area with eyes on the ground while also using traffic cameras,” Sgt. Page said.
Both Sgt. Page and the ArDot said they understand this exit is a heavily traveled artery for many Walmart employees and NWACC students.
“You can expect congestion, you can expect slow downs. So you may want to start leaving a little bit early until this construction is finished,” Sgt. Page said.
“Regardless if you are coming to work or school or going back home at the end of the day. You are going to need that extra time to get where you need to go,” Straessle said.
The project will take around three months to complete but could move faster, weather permitted.