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First section of Bella Vista Bypass to open

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 21, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

Highway officials say the first section of the long-awaited Bella Vista Bypass will open to traffic in northern Arkansas this week.

The three-mile section of the bypass is opening Tuesday west of Hiwasse on Arkansas 72. The segment is a part of the 18.9-mile Bella Vista Bypass project, aimed at relieving congestion on U.S. 71 through Bella Vista and north into Missouri.

A Fayetteville company, APAC-Central, Inc., was awarded a $19.8 million contract for the roadway opening this week. It was paid for by both federal and state gas tax money, with some of it financed by a U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

Highway department spokesman Danny Straessle says the total construction cost for the Bella Vista Bypass is estimated at $150.6 million.

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LeGrandOurs says... April 21, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

Why is I-49 completed in Missouri and all but completed through the swamps of Louisiana, yet still has miles and years to go before Arkansas' stretch is finished? Why, Guv-nah, why?

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carpenterretired says... April 21, 2014 at 9:54 p.m.

540 north was built with ear marked federal funds recent gop congressmen have refused to ask for or ear mark federal funding

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mhck52 says... April 22, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

I-49 is not completed near Arkansas-Missouri state line. And, it's taken less time to complete than widening US 67 north to Missouri, which after 30 years still isn't finished.

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