A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the end of the Bella Vista bypass construction is scheduled for Sep. 30 at the Arkansas-Missouri border. The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MDOT) are jointly planning the ribbon cutting at the state line at the end of September, though the new Interstate segment is set to open to traffic in either late September or early October.
The 18.9-mile Bella Vista Bypass will become a new Interstate 49 segment connecting Southwestern Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas at Bentonville when it opens in late September or early October. The bypass corridor will provide a faster and safer way in and out of Arkansas via I-49, as well as provide direct access to the business and residential parts of Bella Vista and Bentonville which will provide more connectivity in NW Arkansas.
Emery Sapp & Sons of Columbia, Mo. was hired to complete the final two segments of the project in Arkansas as well as the final segment of the project in Missouri. The company started on the $70.3 million project in April 2020.
Once the projects are complete, I-49 will connect for 290 miles between Kansas City, Mo. and Fort Smith.