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  1. I'm so happy the day has finally arrived! Now we just need to get cracking on the section between Texarkana and Ft. Smith.
  2. Good stuff! Thanks for all the updates KJW!
  3. I agree. All mid to large sized cities will definitely feel the pains of traffic increases when this system is completed. Even the small towns.
  4. An article concerning road construction in Arkansas. http://www.ktbs.com/story/25323447/highway-projects-underway-in-arkansas
  5. My guess is partly because of the upcoming inland port at Tex-Americas Center. A rail like is also supposed to be constructed to transport containers from the port in Houston to Tex-Americas where the contents would be broken down and shipped via truck/rail to other areas of the country. I-49 is supposed to funnel traffic through here from the port in New Orleans. Talk about a crap load of traffic coming through here. All these freeways coming through will eventually need to be upgraded to 6 lane freeways.
  6. Right. A lot of communities along both of these interstates in this state will see good times. Besides the obvious cities like El Dorado, NWA region, Ft. Smith and Texarkana a lot of smaller towns I think will see more growth/opportunities than they've seen in years or possibly ever. Glad I-49 is making head way in the northern section of the state and hopefully one day the area between Ft. Smith and Texarkana gains momentum and we actually see some dirt flying from construction.
  7. I love what you had to say on this topic in Aaroads as well. Texarkana really wants to see I-49 and the I-369 connection completed because the city and much of Bowie/Miller counties will surely explode with growth especially when the planned inland port at Tex Americas Center (formerly Lone Star Ammunition Plant) gets underway.
  8. What are the population stats for Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers up until 2030?
  9. Here is a article related to I-49. Not Arkansas news but thought you guys might find it interesting. http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20121210/OPINION03/212100311/Interstate-49-north-speeds-completion?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs&nclick_check=1
  10. Thanks KJW. The spur of I-69 to be built to I-30 in Texarkana has been rumored to be numbered I-169 and the section of the existing beltway from I-30 to Hwy 59 will be renamed I-369. Plus the north belt around the city between I-49 and I-30 will be I-249. When all the roads are built we will have I-169, I-369, I-30, I-49 and I-249! I think it's smart the city is trying to get the freeway system in place before the growth comes since we're projected to enter a major building boom.
  11. The urban sections of future I-49 in the Texarkana area should be complete by the end of the year and great progress has been made on I-49 between Shreveport and the Louisiana/Arkansas border. Most of it or the section between the border and just north of Shreveport should be open to traffic sometime in 2013. I agree there's no telling when the section between Ashdown and Greenwood will be constructed.The next section in our area to be built will be from north of Texarkana to Ashdown.
  12. Hey KJW. I haven't been to this board in ages! Anyway, thanks for the update. It's funny but Missouri is moving faster with their part than Arkansas and Arkansas is moving faster than Louisiana or at least they were. I'll be so glad when the bs is put aside and this road is finally finished.
  13. Policy group approves plan to begin work on portions of I-49 in Arkansas By: Greg Bischof - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 02/19/2010 During the next three years, construction crews could start laying down two sections of Interstate 49 in Texarkana, Ark. The Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee agreed Thursday to accept the Arkansas Transportation Improvement 2010-2013 Plan. The plan, which could possibly start in June, if bids can be requested, calls for about $48 million in both federal and state funds to be used to build two I-49 sections on the Arkansas side. Of the $48 million, about $33.6 million of it would be used to build a looping arm of I-49 that would connect to the east side of present U.S. Highway 71 North and run east before curving down to connect with the northeast run of Interstate 30 headed toward the Mandeville, Ark., area. The second section would continue this I-49 arm extension to loop south from I-30 and eventually angle west to connect with state Highway 245 just west of the Texarkana Regional Airport’s northeast side—running roughly parallel to U.S. Highway 67 North. TMPO Transportation Planning Director Brad McCaleb said the plan also calls for slightly more than $1.9 million in federal and state funds to build a short east-west stretch of McDonald Lane later this year. This portion would start with an east side connection to Jefferson Avenue just north of I-30 and run east for a few miles. The plan further calls for a $6.5 million replacement in 2012 of the 1930s-era U.S. Highway 71 South viaduct over downtown’s Union Pacific freight rail lines. The TMPO Policy Committee approved this plan after it received a favorable recommendation by the TMPO’s Technical Committee, which met earlier Thursday morning.
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