New Type of Interchange Coming to Rogers/Bentonville

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A new type of interchange is coming to Rogers and it’s the first of its kind in Arkansas!
 
The area of Walnut and Walton, near I-49 has long been an area of congestion for people in Bentonville and Rogers.

Now, through the collective efforts of both cities and AHTD, the future of that area is going to cause a lot less headaches for drivers. 

Rogers Assistant City Engineer, Lance Jobe said,  “We’re hoping to be able to move more cars… improve the congestion level there. “

A stoplight controlling cars entering and exiting the interstate is just one component that sets this interstate apart from the rest.

Jobe said, “Right now the interstate off ramp and the city street of  46th street, the intersections are very close together so this will help move them apart and improve the capacity of the intersection.”

The city said this particular area is one of the busiest in Northwest Arkansas and said it was the perfect fit for this type of project.

 “The single point urban interchange is a high capacity type interchange. It’s usually used where right of way is constricted or constrained which we have in this case,” said Jobe.

A raised median will also help with the congestion and sidewalks will also be an added component to the project.

Jobe said,  “Because of the adjacent intersections with Moberly on Bentonville’s side and  46th street on our side, it worked better for the cities.  “

The project is expected to start in 2018.

Bentonville and Rogers are each putting $1.5 million towards the new interchange and AHTD is putting in $3 million costing a total of $6 million.
   

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