05/19/14, An extended entrance ramp joins Interstate 10 west on the one mile approach to I-49/U.S. 10/15/03, I-44 east at Route 249 north and I-49/U.S. 06/19/15, U.S. 71 expands to three through lanes as Interstate 49 begins. 71 as I-49, between I-40 and U.S. 71 Business south of Bella Vista, kicked off on April 21, 2014. Frontage roads were constructed along the US highway between LA 675 and LA 88 at a cost of $21.4 million. Earthwork started in 1972, but a federal lawsuit filed in 1973 halted work, citing violations of civil rights, environmental and relocation rules. However, planners contended that the project complied with all applicable laws, and it appeared very unlikely that the highway would be relocated from the original planned route.2, A Congressional group met in 2003 at New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to discuss the estimated $4.9-billion corridor and funding related issues. [29] Many neighborhood associations in Kansas City have historically objected to upgrading Watkins Drive to a freeway. It is also planned to extend the road south to avoid New Orleans South. Interstate 49 (I-49) is a north–south Interstate Highway that exists in multiple segments: the original portion entirely within the state of Louisiana with an additional signed portion extending from I-220 in Shreveport to the Arkansas state line, four newer sections in Arkansas, and a new section that opened in Missouri. It passes through several smaller communities before reaching Neosho shortly before Joplin. A three-lane ramp follows with Interstate 435 north directly. Options for the remaining gap between I-20 and I-220 in Shreveport include the proposed Inner-City Connector, a 3.6-mile (5.8 km) direct connection between the completed portions of I-49. and is also concurrent with portions of US 167 and LA 28. From the north or south, travel Route 71 and take the Blue Ridge Boulevard exit. B – Parish Road 16 (Mira-Myrtis Road) to LA 168, C – LA 2 to Parish Road 16 (Mira-Myrtis Road), J – LA 3194 (Dr. Martin Luther King Drive) to LA 1, K – Interstate 220 to LA 3194 (Dr. Martin Luther King Drive). The southern portion is a fantastic place for favorite southern foods such as Po-Boys and Southern Fried Chicken. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new interchange between Interstate 49 and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport. 05/20/14, The entrance ramp from Lakeshore Drive separates into prongs for both the I-20 eastbound mainline and departing flyover for Interstate 49 south. 11/03/16, U.S. 71 (Bruce R. Watkins Drive) expands to four southbound lanes from the Highway W on-ramp to the Three Trails Crossing Memorial Highway interchange with I-435 and I-470. Within Lafayette Parish, construction for an interchange along U.S. 90 at Ambassador Caffery (LA 3073) started in Summer 2014. Grade level ramps meanwhile carry motorists onto I-435/U.S. 05/19/14, Hurricane Evacuation trailblazers are posted along Interstate 49 from Lafayette northward all the way to Shreveport. a parkway which directly connects the I-70 / I-670 interchange in downtown Kansas City, as well as the I-35 / I-29 / I-70 interchange just to the north, to south Kansas City and I-435, I-470 and I-49. I-49 travels through downtown Alexandria doubling as US 71 Byp. Do more with Bing Maps. A second Bella Vista Bypass project, building 2.377 miles of two-lane roadway leading north from the interchange with AR 72 west of Hiwasse to County Road 34, was let May 2, 2012. 05/20/14. 72 South (Bella Vista Bypass) (S)", "Bids opened for next phase of Bella Vista Bypass", https://mdcp.nwaonline.com/news/2020/apr/09/end-in-sight-for-completing-interstate-/, "New Portion Of I-49 Bypass Complete In Bella Vista", "US 71 Highway to become I-49 on Wednesday", "Bella Vista Bypass Hits $25M Bump in the Road", "Highway Commission Postpones Part Of Bella Vista Bypass Project", https://talkbusiness.net/2019/03/missouri-to-complete-its-part-of-bella-vista-bypass-by-2022/, https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/missouri-awards-contract-for-its-share-of-bella-vista-bypass/article_f34be1f4-750b-11ea-b804-439f38b7784e.html, "Highway 71 New Location (Future Interstate 49)", "Interstate 49 Northbound (Shreveport Vicinity)", "I-49 Lafayette Connector: How We Got Here", Future I-49 South Pictures (Stephen Gantry), Future I-49 South Pictures (Andy P. Jung), Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept. Take Exit 131 (I-40 West/BUS 85 South). January 2003. Highway 71 becomes Interstate 49 and leads directly to Nevada. Parcel map showing the path of the Bella Vista Bypass. I-49 extends south 34.6 miles to U.S. 71 at Pineville. Right-of-way has been acquired and engineering has been completed, but construction is contingent upon allocating funding to the corridor. This set of overheads was carbon copied by 2008. Additional stretches of the Interstate 49 in Louisiana were dedicated by Governor Edwin Edwards on May 14, 1992 at the U.S. 167 interchange south of Alexandria. The South Midtown Freeway roughly followed the current alignment of Bruce Watkins Drive while the Country Club Freeway aligned south to 47th Street, west to Charlotte Street and Frank A. Theis Park and south along Brookside Boulevard before curving back to the east.6, Community opposition arose by February 1965, with a focus on potential disruptions to neighborhood areas along the South Midtown Freeway route to the east. A major hurdle to construction of the bypass over the years has been funding. I-49/U.S. In the future, soch is supposed to change, is planned an extension to the North, probably through Arkansas up into Missouri. $25 million in prior funding for the Bella Vista Bypass via a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grant was secured by U.S. House members from Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas in December 2018.44. US 167 departs from the interstate's alignment at exit 23 between Opelousas and Washington, and I-49 begins to take a northwesterly path through the heavily wooded rural terrain. A Supplemental EIS is ongoing for that segment to finalize these changes. [30] MoDOT has gone on record stating a court order keeps them from removing the stoplights, making conversion of this stretch unlikely. [39], The only Arkansas project remaining for a fully operational two-lane bypass is the 7.6 mile (12.2 km) section between County Road 34 and the Missouri state line; however, it is listed as TBD by AHTD. 06/19/15, An arrow per lane sign (APL) separates drivers for Interstate 435 north around the east side of Kansas City to Claycomo and U.S. 71 (Bruce R. Watkins Drive) north to Blue Hills, Ivanhoe and Downtown, Kansas City. The 201 miles opened at the time totaled $598 million in costs.37, The 208-mile section of I-49 between Interstate 10 and I-20 in Louisiana was completed on May 1, 1996, at a cost of approximately $1.38 billion. 71B-Hwy. [38] As of March 2014, AHTD anticipates completion of this first segment between Highway 72 north and Highway 72 south in spring 2014, and the next section in fall 2014. The I-49 North project is a 36-mile project that will construct a four-lane interstate with a 4-foot inside shoulder and a 10-foot outside shoulder from I-220 in Shreveport to the Arkansas state line. This section included 18 miles from LA 174 to U.S. 84 in DeSoto Parish and 12 miles from Fierson to LA 526 (Industrial Loop) on the south side of Shreveport.35 Another 7.3 miles of I-49 opened around Boyce to the north of Alexandria on September 26, 1991.36 A movement during that time period shifted the alignment of I-49 from a bypass of Alexandria to a route through Downtown at the urging of merchants, civic leaders and political officials who feared economic losses for the city had it been bypassed. It is planned to be a six-lane elevated freeway, mostly utilizing the Evangeline Thruway corridor, except for a segment paralleling the BNSF/Union Pacific railroad line in order to serve the downtown area. The I-49/U.S. UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): Arkansas State Troopers and Fayetteville Police are continuing their negotiations with a man who is threatening to jump from an Interstate 49 … [44], On May 10, 2017, a 6.4 mile (10.3 km) segment of the bypass between the existing 5 mile segment near Hiwasse, Arkansas and a new temporary roundabout interchange with I-49 and US 71 near Bentonville, Arkansas opened after three years of construction, and costing over $50 million to complete. Known as Bruce R. Watkins Drive and historically as the South Midtown Freeway, the limited access highway for U.S. 71 was constructed for nearly $300 million in phases from 1987 to October 2001.6, Origins of the roadway date back to the “Expressways – Greater Kansas City” document issued by the city in 1951. 06/19/15, Interstate 49 formally concludes northbound at the Kansas City beltway (I-435). [citation needed] From this point north, US 71 follows Bruce R. Watkins Drive,[32] One of the final segments of Interstate 49 built in Louisiana was the northernmost portion between LA 3132 (Inner Loop Expressway) and I-20 in Shreveport. In March 2019, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved funding for completion of the Bella Vista Bypass. Started in July 2015 and anticipated for completion in December 2017,40 the exchange opened following a ribbon cutting ceremony held on April 27, 2018.46eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'interstate_guide_com-leader-2','ezslot_10',151,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'interstate_guide_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_8',174,'0','0'])); Further east at Patterson, $15-million in federal money funded the construction of over 30 J-turns from Ricohoc to Berwick to eliminate crossovers along U.S. 90. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03). ARDOT 2017 Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates, MoDOT 2016 Traffic Volume and Commercial Vehicle County Map, Interstate 49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System: Previous Interstate Facts of the Day, AHTD Advertises First Bella Vista Bypass Project. Partially funded with a $25 million federal grant the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission received in December 2018,50 work on the 4.81 mile section of the Bella Vista Bypass in Missouri commences in Spring 2020. [43] The final segment from Rocky Dell Hollow Road to the Missouri border will be completed with all 4 lanes by early 2022 to meet up with the Missouri segment. Beyond their split at Exit 23, I-49 travels mostly as a rural route to Shreveport, with the exception of an urban stretch through Alexandria. The initial three mile stretch of the super-two freeway, between AR 72 west of Hiwasse and AR 72 south of Hiwasse, opened to traffic in 2014. This bridge eliminated an at-grade crossing, and was the first of three projects to upgrade U.S. 71 to limited access standards locally. Subject: Re: Question about High Priority Corridor 1 (U.S. 71), “Bruce R. Watkins Drive nears end of long, bumpy road to – completion.”, Chip Kelley, personal email dated 11/29/04 and “I-49 awaits bill windfall: Arkansas leg of highway needs $1.5 billion.”. Interstate 29 (I-29) is an Interstate Highway in the Midwestern United States.I-29 runs from Kansas City, Missouri, at a junction with Interstate 35 and Interstate 70, to the Canada–US border near Pembina, North Dakota, where it connects with Manitoba Highway 75. Instead Route W (Bannister Road) provides a surface route connection for I-435 to the north. A Record of Decision for the project was expected by 2021. 05/20/14, High rises come into view as I-20 approaches the Red River and southwestern turn to Downtown Shreveport. Total costs within Louisiana were estimated to be $2.3 billion, with the state covering 20% of the expense.3. Looking north at the temporary end of AR 549 (Bella Vista Bypass) north at CR 34 in Benton County, Arkansas. Major interchanges with US 167 and US 71 lead to bridges that cross the Red River into the neighboring city of Pineville. 8 This section of I-49 was estimated to cost $385 million. The I-49 Lafayette Connector is currently undergoing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement study and Conceptual Design Study due to refinements to the alignment originally approved in the February 2003 Record of Decision. 05/19/14, Interstate 10 proceeds west from Lafayette to Lake Charles, Beaumont and Houston, Texas. [52] Colloquially referred to as "Chaffee Crossing", this first phase was completed on July 15, 2015 at 10:00am at the AR-549 and AR-22 Interchange. The roadway was named after Bruce R. Watkins, a local civic leader and one time city councilman in 1986, six years after his death.6. Costs are estimated at $250 million for the array of projects.40. Options considered ranged from a tunnel, a semi-depressed roadway and two elevated viaducts. 01/12/96, I-49 and U.S. 167 constitute a four lane freeway with a frontage road system between Lafayette and Opelousas. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/08/03). [35], I-49 has now been completed to the state line. [40] Since design work had been completed prior to passing the measure, AHTD was able to let the segment between Highway 72 and US 71B in February 2014 as the first job of the Connecting Arkansas Program. In south Kansas City, at Bannister Road just north of the Grandview Triangle, the I-49 designation ends, and the expressway continues as US 71, which proceeds into downtown Kansas City as Bruce R. Watkins Memorial Drive. Here, motorists continue north 15 miles (24 km) of four-lane US 71 with intersections, traffic signals, lower speed limits and congestion before the present northern segment of I-49 begins at Pineville, Missouri. 71 Interchange north of Milo opens.”, “Interchange Construction Begins Jan. 30.”, “New I-49 Signs Being Installed Along U.S. 71.”, “New 327th Street Overpass at Route 71 to Open Late Thursday.”. The project is broken up into 11 segments A-K. Progress on I-49 North: I-44 is not one of the longest interstates, but still tallies an impressive 633 miles as it makes its way from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to St. Louis, Missouri. 05/20/14, Three lanes extend north from Interstate 49 to the Allendale and Lakeside residential area while Exit 206 separates into flyovers for I-20 west to Dallas, Texas and east to Monroe. Additional frontage roads were added to U.S. 90 from LA 83 to Darnell Road ($5.4 million and finished in February 2012), from Darnell Road to LA 85 ($5.8 million and finished in April 2014) and at Captain Cade Road ($1.4 million and complete in August 2012).eval(ez_write_tag([[970,250],'interstate_guide_com-narrow-sky-1','ezslot_20',617,'0','0'])); The final section of I-49 North opened to traffic at Interstate 220 on October 17, 2018. The original 208-mile stretch runs north from Lafayette to Shreveport, where it ties into I-20 southwest of Downtown. AASHTO approved the request by Louisiana for the I-49 overlap on May 21, 2019. Leading north from Fort Smith to the Bella Vista bypass, Interstate 540 (built as AR 540) was redesignated as I-49 per approval by AASHTO on October 21, 2013. Replaced guide sign for Interstate 10 west posted south of Pont Des Mouton Road. I-49 also runs concurrently with I-44 between interchanges 11 and 18 east of Joplin. Work is now complete between US 71 and Highway 22 near Fort Chaffee as the first and southernmost phase of the extension of I-49 south of I-540. Interstate 49 (I-49) is an Interstate Highway in the state of Arkansas.There are two main … This configuration was built during the Three Trails Crossing Memorial Highway project to shift weaving traffic away from the U.S. 71 freeway mainline. Send Money reliably find a Western Union® Agent location at 1672 Interstate 49 North Service Road Grand Coteau, LA 70541-0322 to thousands of locations around the world or directly to a bank account. The guide signs for I-49 posted in 1986 referenced Opelousas. It progresses northward to a temporary terminus at US 71 and US 59 at the Texas state line north of Texarkana. 05/19/14, Motorists joining Interstate 10 west will reach Lake Charles in 72 miles while I-49/U.S. I-49 North Segment K Construction to Begin in September 2013? Portions of the remaining roadway in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas, which will link Kansas City with New Orleans, are in various stages of planning or construction. Although not part of the original 1957 Interstate Highway plan, residents of Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana began campaigning for the highway in 1965 via the "US 71 - I-29 Association". Construction along Interstate 49 South includes a number of projects converting U.S. 90 into a limited access highway. To find out where I am right now, see my LIVE truckcams, maps, blog and more, visit Http://18wheelsacrossamerica.net To … Horse Motels on I-40. 167 continue north by two additional Lafayette exits to Carencro. 05/19/14, Exit 103A departs from I-10 east next for U.S. 167 (Evangeline Throughway) south toward Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT). [56] The rest of the freeway from the airport to LA 88 will be an at-grade six-lane freeway with a 2-mile (3.2 km) segment of eight-lane elevated freeway through the suburb of Broussard. The Belle Vista Bypass (AR 549) ties into U.S. 71B just west of I-49 and Exit 93 at a roundabout. A 30-day project to resign I-540/U.S. Incurring an additional $6.6 million in costs, the $63.7 million investment continued to late June 2019.45 Construction expanded U.S. 90 to six lanes for 1.6 miles between LA 3073 and built a new overpass joining Albertson Parkway and St. Nazaire Road.39 Southeast in St. Mary Parish, a $55.7 million project added an interchange at U.S. 90 and LA 318. These projects contribute to the six-lane widening of Interstate 49 (formerly I-540) between Fayetteville and Bentonville. The alignment circling around the west side of Shreveport for I-49 may be temporary, as efforts emerged from the city of Shreveport and local officials to build the I-49 Inner City Connector. Both signed as Arkansas Highway 549, they include the 11 mile long Bella Vista Bypass around the south and west sides of the city, and the six mile long Chaffee Crossing segment to the southeast of Fort Smith. 167 leads motorists 200 miles north from I-10 to the city of Shreveport. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 30, 2013 for the 10.6-mile segment of new I-49 between Arkansas Boulevard and the Texas state line north of Texarkana. 11/03/16, Separate ramps from both I-470 east and I-49 south depart simultaneously and combine to form a service road south to Red Bridge and Longview Roads. I-49 provides part of a long distance route connecting the Dallas-Fort Worth area with New Orleans via Interstate 10. 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