[20] However, the AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbers and Interstate Highways denied the I-49 designation at their annual meeting in September 2007 because none of the new roadway was yet under construction. The USDOT news release refers to the project as part of the "I-49 corridor", effectively ending questions about how the new highway would be numbered. Groundbreaking occurred on July 8, 2011 with a public ceremony that included Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, and Senator Mark Pryor. AASHTO subsequently approved it as Interstate 540 on November 14, 1997. 05/19/14, Interstate 49 begins as Exit 1A leaves for I-10 east to Breaux Bridge, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Friday, July 16, 2004. 06/19/15, All traffic bound for I-435/U.S. 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. Westbound Interstate 20 at the same interchange for Interstate 220 & U.S. 49 north (Exit 41). Coupled with right of way purchases and utility costs, the Arkansas River bridge is expected to cost more than $235.4 million. It progresses northward to a temporary terminus at US 71 and US 59 at the Texas state line north of Texarkana. Instead Route W (Bannister Road) provides a surface route connection for I-435 to the north. The freeway overlaps with U.S. 50 from the Three Trails Crossing Memorial Highway interchange with I-49 and I-435 to Exits 7A/B, and doubles as Missouri Route 291 on its north-south section between Exit 10 and Exit 16. City, state and federal officials eventually compromised on a new design for U.S. 71 in 1982. The redesign called for a hybrid of freeway and parkway sections meant to minimize disruptions to area neighborhoods. [5] In the mid-1970s, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved an Interstate Highway to run between US 190 in Opelousas and I-20 in Shreveport, a route that was designated as I-49 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in the summer of 1977. Completion is anticipated by mid 2020. The northern segment of I-49 in Arkansas, formerly signed as part of I-540, begins at I-40 in Alma and runs north to Northwest Arkansas through the Boston Mountains. 05/04/12, Interstate 49 corridor between Lafayette and Alexandria – 1982 Louisiana Official Highway Map, Shreveport inset – 1992 Louisiana Official Highway Map. [57] From Wax Lake to the Atchafalaya River bridge at Morgan City, US 90 is a four-lane divided at-grade expressway. 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. I-49 begins in Pineville. 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 … These projects contribute to the six-lane widening of Interstate 49 (formerly I-540) between Fayetteville and Bentonville. 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. Signage bearing I-49 shields was covered or turned from view until the I-49 designation received final approval by FHWA. Utilize the Route 249/171 corridor by construction a new freeway connection from near Morgan Heights northeast to Interstate 49, bypassing Carthage to the north. Motorists are eager to see completion of the 19-mile (30.6 km) "Bella Vista Bypass" between Bella Vista, Arkansas and Pineville, Missouri. Exit 101 departs first for LA 182 (North University Avenue). U.S. 71 extends north as a hybrid freeway and parkway to the Alphabet Loop (I-70 and I-670). The first segment, from Fouke to Texarkana, was completed on December 16, 2004.7 The remainder south to Louisiana opened on November 10, 2014.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'interstate_guide_com-mobile-leaderboard-1','ezslot_17',179,'0','0'])); Work in Texarkana focused on upgrading the AR 245 freeway to Interstate standards from the interchange with AR 549, southeast of Texarkana, to Arkansas Boulevard, where I-49 branches northeast to Interstate 30 along a new alignment. Widening of LA 168 east from Future I-49 to U.S. 71 was proposed to augment the connection to Arkansas until the freeways were seamlessly linked. Earthwork started in 1972, but a federal lawsuit filed in 1973 halted work, citing violations of civil rights, environmental and relocation rules. The southern segment of I-49 enters Arkansas from Louisiana. [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. 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. A wrong-way crash killed a driver and closed parts of Interstate 49 in both directions in Cass County Tuesday evening.The crash happened near North Cass Parkway just … 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. The motion allowed for funding to commence on the planned five-mile, $350 million viaduct between Interstate 10 and Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT). Future I-49 was approved from Lafayette to I-310 at Boutte by AASHTO’s Route Numbering Subcommittee on November 6, 1998. The I-49 designation carries through the Three Trails Crossing (aka the Grandview Triangle) interchange to guide motorists onto US 71 north of I-435 and terminates north of I-435 and south of Bannister Road (Route W) around the 190.0 mile marker. 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. 05/19/14, Hurricane Evacuation trailblazers are posted along Interstate 49 from Lafayette northward all the way to Shreveport. Horse Motels on I-40. “Highway 549 Opens to Traffic in Texarkana Wednesday.” AHTD press release, May 13, 2013. 05/19/14, Frontage roads accompany U.S. 167 north to the cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 10 and transition to I-49. The two-year project represented a shift in funding priorities for MoDOT which in 2007, announced indefinite postponement of its portion of the Bella Vista bypass project, citing a $139-million dollar funding gap in Arkansas between construction costs and toll revenues, and Arkansas' commitment to only a two-lane bypass constructed over six years. 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. [24], The US 71 upgrade involved removing all at-grade intersections and constructing interchanges and overpasses at 15 sites between Harrisonville and Lamar. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new interchange between Interstate 49 and Interstate 220 in north Shreveport. Considered for I-49 in Louisiana was the creation of a 36-mile portion of freeway between Shreveport and the Arkansas state line, and the upgrade of U.S. 90 between Lafayette and New Orleans to Interstate standards. This was completed by late 1994. 11/02/16eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'interstate_guide_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_3',173,'0','0'])); Interstate 49 will ultimately extend southeast from Lafayette, Louisiana to the Westbank Expressway leading into New Orleans. Approximately 3.6 miles in length, if constructed the Connector will continue I-49 north from I-20 along Peter Harris Drive to Ford Street and then northwesterly along Twelvemile Bayou to I-220. Chamber of Commerce representatives from along the corridor discussed the final stages of completing I-49 in June 2016. “I-49 Opening ‘Finally Here,’ FCRA Boss Says.”, “Explosions Clear Way For Bella Vista Bypass.”. On November 27, 2013, the first 18.9-mile (30.4 km) section between LA 1 and US 71 opened to traffic,[15] and the extension to a point just south of the Arkansas state line opened in March 2014. 05/20/14, Interstate 20 curves northeast from the diamond interchange (Exit 17A) with Lakeshore Drive to the symmetrical stack interchange (Exit 17B) with I-49 south and Pete Harris Drive north. Thousands of bushes and trees, attractive landscaping and decorative bridges were incorporated into the route as part of the court decision in 1985.6 With the parkway design, it is unlikely that Bruce Watkins Drive will ever be incorporated into Interstate 49. The heaviest traffic on I-49 occurs within the cities of Shreveport and Opelousas. In Joplin, I-49 junctions with I-44 and begins a short concurrency with I-44 for exits 11 through 18. 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. All three of these intersections were on the Kansas City Police Department's 2010 list of "Top 20 Crash Sites in Kansas City", at #9, #6 and #4 respectively[28] and Watkins Drive has the reputation among commuters as "one of the city's most accident-prone stretches of road". and is also concurrent with portions of US 167 and LA 28. Much of US 90 between LA 88 and the Wax Lake Outlet bridge west of Patterson is already upgraded to interstate standards, except for an at-grade intersection with LA 318 south of Jeanerette. 71 south. 05/20/14, The Kings Highway entrance ramp adds a fourth northbound lane to Interstate 20. However, through traffic bound for I-20 west and the northern segment of I-49 is directed to transfer onto LA 3132 at an interchange located about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of this terminus. [6] The mileage was gained from mileage released from other highways the states did not build as well as 153 miles (246 km) from a supplemental reserve. The I-49/U.S. I-49 Attractions road trip makes stops at Shreveport Water Works Museum, R. W. Norton Museum of Art, Big Als Feeding Show and others. 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. 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. [citation needed], Arkansas 549 between AR-72 and County Road 34 opened on August 22, 2015. A Supplemental EIS is ongoing for that segment to finalize these changes. The final mainline exit joins Interstate 49 south with Pont Des Mouton Road. [39] Design work is complete for the roadway project, and is anticipated to be complete in 2015 for the interchange. 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. The right of way was acquired and plans were completed for the five mile section by 2008. [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. Directions Driving to Nevada from Kansas City International Airport From Interstate 49 to Nevada Upon leaving the airport, take I-29 South downtown. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TO RECEIVE NEW INTERSTATE HIGHWAY DESIGNATION. This bridge eliminated an at-grade crossing, and was the first of three projects to upgrade U.S. 71 to limited access standards locally. Interstate 49 North near Colfax, Louisiana. However, in 2014, La DOTD launched a study to consider less expensive alternatives and to expedite design and construction of that segment. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD) is working to extend I-49 from Lafayette southeast to New Orleans along the route of US 90, which is a divided four-lane highway between the two cities. As of late 2020, both sides of the Missouri–Arkansas border are under construction. [16] On May 31, 2017, a 4.25-mile (6.84 km) portion between LA 3194 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) and LA 1 in Shreveport was opened to northbound traffic, with the section and interchange with I-220 scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018. Work on this section ran through July 2015. Interstate 49 from Shreveport to Kansas City is part of High Priority Corridors 1 and 72: North-South Corridor, while the future section between New Orleans and Lafayette is part of High Priority Corridor 37: U.S. 90. State and local officials including Gov. From the north or south, travel Route 71 and take the Blue Ridge Boulevard exit. Area chambers meet to discuss Interstate 49. Vicksburg is another 36 miles to the west on Interstate 20. A contract to erect signs with space allocated for Interstate 49 was let in October 2011 for the eventual planned signing of the route statewide in December 2012. The 2010 TIGER grant application submitted by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) estimated total cost for completion in Arkansas as $291.8 million. The loop ramp (Exit 103B) to I-49/U.S. 71B-Hwy. Utilize the Route 249/171 corridor by upgrading the interchange between U.S. 71 and Route 96/171. Sign changes made here and I-49 renumbered the ramps for I-10 to Exits 1B/A and Pont Des Mouton Road to Exit 1C. The highway is not named Interstate 29 because of Interstate naming rules, which state that north-south roads are odd numbered and the highways are named in increasing order from west to east. [24] The last of the upgrade projects was completed in December 2012. [29] Many neighborhood associations in Kansas City have historically objected to upgrading Watkins Drive to a freeway. It then crosses Crescent City Connection over the Mississippi River into Downtown New Orleans and continues onto the Pontchartrain Expressway to an interchange with I-10. Though its main purpose is a transit route across the southern mid-west, there is still a lot to see and do along this highway. In 1965, Governor John McKeithen proposed a toll road to perform this function and extend to New Orleans as well, but the idea was never carried out. Entering Northwest Arkansas, I-49 has seven exits for Fayetteville and three exits for Springdale before entering Benton County. Photo by David Backlin (07/25/15). 167 leads motorists 200 miles north from I-10 to the city of Shreveport. The road is proposed at 20 miles overall, 15 of which are in Arkansas. Work commenced in 2010 on a section of Future Interstate 49 between County Route 8 and AR 22 in the Fort Smith / Fort Chaffee area. On the north side of town, motorists may exit I-220 and follow the next segment of I-49, which parallels US 71 into Arkansas. It passes through several smaller communities before reaching Neosho shortly before Joplin. North of Texarkana, Interstate 49 will briefly venture into Texas for about 5 miles before turning northwest and crossing the Red River of the South to reenter Arkansas. A Feasibility Study and Environmental Inventory was completed in May 2010, followed by work on an Environmental Impact Statement. Upgrading this segment was begun in 2020. Follow the signs downtown to stay on Highway 71 South. I-20 meets U.S. 79/80 just prior to the four level junction with I-49. From Interstate 10 take Exit # 103B (I-49 North) and follow the same directions as above. A set of J-turns with Chalmette Drive precedes the ramps for Interstate 10 at Exits 1A/B. A three-lane ramp follows with Interstate 435 north directly. Options considered ranged from a tunnel, a semi-depressed roadway and two elevated viaducts. Find nearby businesses, restaurants and hotels. A 30-day project to resign I-540/U.S. 11/03/16, A single lane flyover (Exit 1) departs from Interstate 470 west to the left for I-49/U.S. 167 by 2008. 05/20/14, Interstate 49/U.S. Future I-49 corridor signage appears along U.S. 90 and upgrades to Interstate standards are underway along the expressway near New Iberia and Morgan City. Interstate 15 South. 05/20/14. Turn left (west) off of the exit onto Austin BLVD. The roadway was estimated to cost around a half billion dollars.48. 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. The loop ramp for Interstate 10 east was unnumbered until sometime after 2009. The Kansas City beltway west references Wichita for the connection with I-35 south in Lenexa, Kansas. 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. I-49 begins its journey concurrent with US 167 as it travels northward through Carencro, Sunset, Grand Coteau, and Opelousas. With a potential interchange added at Tiffany and Lipari Streets in Patterson, frontage roads will connect the cross roads. Signs installations from earlier in 2012 allocated space for Interstate 49. 167 appears at the diamond interchange (Exit 104) with Louisiana Avenue on Interstate 10 west. [45], In 2012, Missouri still had $40 million available for construction of its portion of the Bella Vista bypass from Pineville to the Arkansas state line. “Interstate 49 extends leg into Pelican State: Louisiana official suggests gas tax hike to pay for road,”, “Toll road on Bella Vista bypass moving forward.”, “MoDOT completes four interchanges as part of upgrading U.S. 71 to interstate status.”, “U.S. 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. The stretch of freeway in Shreveport sees an average of 70,000 vehicles per day, while the stretch of freeway between Lafayette and Carencro sees an average of 55,000 vehicles per day, and the stretch of freeway through Opelousas sees an average of 45,000 vehicles per day between the Judson Walsh Drive and Creswell Lane exits. 05/19/14, I-49/U.S. [26], Most of the 10.2-mile corridor, constructed between 1990[27] and 2001, was built to Interstate standards. Additionally business loop designations for U.S. 71 at Butler, Joplin, Neosho and Nevada were given conditional approval for renumbering as Business Loops for I-49. Groundbreaking for the first phase (Segment B) of the Interstate 49 North corridor took place north of Mira at the intersection of Parish Road 16 and Parish Road 25 on Thursday, April 7, 2005. Take the service road towards Opelousas, funeral home is located on the right appx. This panel was replaced by 2007 and again by 2013. [10][11] By the following year, virtually all remaining rural portions of the route were under construction,[11][12] and 95% of this mileage was completed and opened to traffic between late 1987 and late 1989. As of Fall 2016, no construction was underway for Interstate 49 between Texarkana and the Fort Smith area. Its southern terminus is in Lafayette, Louisiana, at I-10 while its northern terminus is in Kansas City, Missouri at I-435 and I-470. 05/20/14, A two lane flyover (Exit 17B) parts ways with I-20 west for Interstate 49 south. The I-49 Inner City Connector will be a new interstate facility approximately 3.6 miles in length. Interstate 49 in southwest Arkansas overtook the Highway 549 freeway between Exit 4 (U.S. 71) near Doddridge and U.S. 59/71 north of McKinney Bayou and Texarkana, as well as Future I-130 along Highway 245. Alexandria is an 80 mile drive to the north. 72 North-Co. Rd. Easily add multiple stops, live traffic, road conditions, or satellite to your route. The road follows the course of three major rivers, all of which form the borders of U.S. states. From Lafayette take Interstate 49 North. 05/19/14, An extended entrance ramp joins Interstate 10 west on the one mile approach to I-49/U.S. The project was slated for completion by Summer 2018, but delayed due to heavy rains and widespread flooding in August 2016. Total costs within Louisiana were estimated to be $2.3 billion, with the state covering 20% of the expense.3. Decorative panels by Shreveport area artists were added to several of the flyover support columns at I-49/220.48. The third segment extended AR 549 east from AR 72 to U.S. 71 Business in Bella Vista. "Future I-49" signage is visible along US 90 and US 90 Bus., although as of 2017, construction has yet to begin. "Future I-49" segments extending northward from Texarkana, Arkansas plus segments from Doddridge south into Louisiana are shown on the official Arkansas 2013 Highway Map.[36]. 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