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Bella Vista bypass on ice after Missouri rejects tax

By Ryan McGeeney

This article was published August 7, 2014 at 5:36 a.m.

Work continues Wednesday on an Interstate 49 interchange in Bentonville, but plans for an I-49 bypass at Bella Vista were put on hold after Missourians voted down funding for their state’s part of the project.

A map showing the planned Bella Vista bypass.

A plan to connect Interstate 49 traffic around Bella Vista is now on indefinite hold after Missouri voters defeated a proposed amendment Tuesday that would have funded their state's portion of the project.

A map showing the planned Bella Vista bypass.

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jburkett says... August 7, 2014 at 9:19 a.m.

Is this the highway that is to run to or be apart of the highway that is planned to go directly to canada.

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RBBrittain says... August 7, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.

@jburkett: Though I-49 connects at Kansas City to I-29 (which runs to the border near Winnipeg, Manitoba), I think you're confusing it with I-69 which will run thru South Arkansas to both the Mexican & Canadian borders.
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Still, the real problem here is MoDOT going back on its word in 2013 by defunding its part of the Bella Vista Bypass. AHTD relied on MoDOT's BVB commitment in part to sell Arkansas voters on Issue 1 (now Amendment 91) in 2012, only to have MoDOT stab us in the back the following year because Issue 1 only funded two lanes. (Unlike Missouri, Arkansas does NOT have a history of special sales taxes for roads; AHTD's conservatism on the BVB in Issue 1 was understandable.) Perhaps that's why Missouri voters refused to give MoDOT more money: They need to follow thru on their commitments FIRST!

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RBBrittain says... August 7, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.

OTOH, Northwest Arkansas' loss may be Central Arkansas' gain: Killing further BVB projects means more CAP/Issue 1 money for the likely cost overruns on the I-30 rebuild thru downtown LR/NLR. (Issue 1 assumed the I-30 bridge only needed widening, but as I've been saying all along it now appears it'll have to be replaced entirely.)

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