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  1. Roughly 30,000 average.... at the northern end, ~20,000 I think, and at the very southern end near Lowe's, about ~45,000.
  2. right of way is being acquired still, and consultants are still looking at the tolling aspects of the bypass
  3. I'm not sure, but I know they have been trying to get it designated as I-49... but with the current gap between Pineville and Bella Vista, I'm not what they may sign it as
  4. City planners don't reserve land for future highways-- they can plan to their hearts content, but that doesn't mean anything without money. Government agencies (like a state DOT) do... and they can only do that when there's money available. There's very, very limited money to do that right now. The only way to get money to do that is for political action and public support. [off soapbox]
  5. It is currently under design. Expect a public hearing over the proposed design most likely late this year.
  6. Just FYI in case anyone is curious once again why the DOT don't build enough highways in Ark (or anywhere else for that matter): http://public.cq.com/docs/cqt/news110-000002496872.html Capka Says Bush Has a Highway Contingency Funding Plan
  7. I don't know why the reporter that wrote the article for the NWA Times got it wrong-- it will be four lanes with a center turn lane (i.e. 5 lanes) through Farmington all the way to the bridge near Prairie Grove. Plus, if I remember correctly, it will also have bicycle lanes in Farmington.
  8. That's not what I heard. The article I read quotes one or two people. That hardly constitutes as "many". (Not to sound like I'm picking on you )
  9. There basically already is. 48th St.
  10. I'm not sure which segment it is either. I didn't realize they had that much earmarked for I-49 in La. I believe the reporter meant that the entire future stretch of I-49 is mostly interstate or near interstate quality, except for between Ashdown to Alma. Federal ear-marks for highway projects typically require a match. The interesting statement is the increase in cost over six years-- $200 million. Not surprising at all. I would bet that at the last time the official cost estimate was done for Ashdown to Alma, today's cost would be probably about $1 billion, plus or minus, more. Which is why it's not going to happen anytime soon. If inflation rate continues, it will probably be another $1 billion more within the near future. No exageration.
  11. Yep... the NWA Council is leading the charge. If there's any organization that you want to contact to find out more info, they would be the place to start. They have a website somewhere... but it's in its very infancy right now. Also, you could try the NWARPC-- they may help.
  12. I generally agree with Coody on this one.
  13. I can't believe no one has mentioned the upcoming election over the proposed road impact fees in Fayetteville. Mith must be on vacation! I'm curious if anyone has an opinion on the matter. I think it's interesting that Fayetteville, being the unique town that it is, is finally recognizing the need for more and wider roads. There's a lot of people in Fayetteville, and on this board, that don't like that I'm sure. But in the real world, Fayetteville can't just keep doing that and expect to be competitive. People drive cars, people will continue to drive cars, and more people and jobs are moving into Fayetteville. It's not like we're talking about widening an 8-lane freeway. We're talking about widening two-lane roads. On one hand, Fayetteville, which didn't invest in road widenings for as long as I can remember as a child until very recently, needs to catch up. The fees that I have seen in the papers don't seem as outrageous as critics make them out to be-- residential prices will surely be passed along to the buyers, but the costs to new business don't seem that much. For a 50,000 sq ft commercial/office, for instance, would be about $50,000. Is that going to deter a developer from building an office or retail in Fayetteville?? On the other hand, there is no tiering system for residential units, nor for areas of town (further out, closer in, etc). The fact is, Fayetteville, in the real world, to continue to attract businesses and thus tax dollars, must build or help fund *wider* roads and highways (4-lane roads). That's reality. The money has to come from somewhere. More money isn't going to come from the feds, or the state, for the foreseeable future. An RMA may or may not help out. Fayetteville has to help themselves.
  14. Huh! I wouldn't have thought that the new Crystal Bridges site would require rock excavation... guess it is built into a hillside? Anyway, gotta put it somewhere. Whenever construction does start on the Bella Vista Bypass, though, there is going to be a whole heck of a lot of earthwork involved. Probably almost as much as was done for I-540 in certain places. Consequently, there will be a lot of trucks around, so at some point you may be inconvenienced with more trucks around your neighborhood.
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