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The Missouri Department of Transportation recently decided to put its 6-mile section of the Bella Vista bypass on hold, and officials have no timeline for when funding will again be available.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 08/30/2013

Print Headline: Missouri says no cash for Bella Vista bypass


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  • RBBrittain
    August 30, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.

    Why didn't MoDOT tell AHTD it was spending the money BEFORE spending it???

  • TheSilence
    August 30, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

    MODOT put the funding for their section of the bypass on hold in 2007. Quoting from an article at the time, ""There are too many good projects and too many pressing needs to devote Missouri tax payer money to a project that appears to not have a chance of being completed," said Becky Baltz, Southwest District Engineer."
    Moreover, why is AHTD building a 2 lane wide section of an interstate that is 4 lanes from KC to the AR border, and then 4 lanes all the way though LA? If you don't build it to interstate standards, it won't be designated as part of I-49, and therefore won't be eligible for extra funding that is earmarked for Interstate highways.

  • mhck52
    August 30, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.

    I knew this was Arkansas's fault. Does anyone need any more proof that AHTD is run by idiots, including the commission. The expansion of US 67 to four lanes from LR to MO has been going on for 30 years. It took 10 years to go from south of Newport to north of Newport. The distribution of money needs to be based on miles of highway or population of a commission district, not evenly divided as it is now.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    August 30, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

    The I-49 International Coalition is an inactive organization.