Arkansas Highway 549

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For the previous incarnation of Highway 549, see Arkansas Highway 549 (2004–2014).

Highway 549 marker

Highway 549
Bella Vista Bypass
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Existed: 2014 – present
Major junctions
South end: Hwy. 72 near Hiwasse
North end: Hwy. 72
Location
Counties: Benton
Highway system
I‑540 Hwy. 600

Highway 549, known as the Bella Vista Bypass, is the temporary designation of Future Interstate 49 (I-49) near Bella Vista in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It currently consists of a short segment of freeway near Hiwasse.[1]

History[edit]

The Hwy. 549 designation was signed again in 2014 as the temporary designation to the Bella Vista Bypass. This segment was signed in late April and runs for approximately three miles (4.8 km) as a two-lane expressway, with room to expand up to four lanes.[2]

Route description[edit]

In its current state, Hwy. 549 begins at an interchange with Hwy. 72 southeast of Hiwasse. The freeway passes over Hwy. 279 with no interchange, running in an east-west direction. Hwy. 549 turns towards the northwest and ends at an interchange with Hwy. 72.

Future[edit]

The Bella Vista Bypass is to start at an interchange with I-49 and U.S. Highway 71 (US 71) in Bentonville. The bypass will run in an east–west direction to Hiwasse and turn to the north at the interchange with Hwy. 72 west of the town. Running along the western edge of Bella Vista, the bypass is to enter Missouri. After an interchange with Missouri Route 90, the bypass will rejoin US 71 near Pineville, Missouri.

The bypass is planned to be built as a toll road in Arkansas, though the Missouri section will be a freeway.[3] A main lane toll plaza will be placed between I-49/US 71 and Hwy. 72, with ramp plazas set to be placed on the southbound exits and northbound entrances at both Hwy. 72 interchanges and Benton County Road 34 (CR 34).

Exit list[edit]

State County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Arkansas Benton Bentonville I‑49 south / US 71 – Fayetteville, Bella Vista Future southern terminus
  Hwy. 72 – Hiwasse, Bentonville Southbound exit and northbound entrance; current southern terminus
  Hwy. 72 – Gravette, Hiwasse Northbound exit and southbound entrance; current northern terminus
Bella Vista CR 34 (Rocky Dell Hollow Road) Planned interchange
Missouri McDonald   Route 90 – Noel, Jane Planned interchange
Pineville I-49 north / US 71 – Joplin, Bella Vista Future northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Section of Bella Vista Bypass to Open". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR). Associated Press. April 21, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "First Section of Bella Vista Bypass Now Open". Arkansas Matters (Little Rock, AR: KARK-TV). April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bella Vista Bypass Interstate 49 bypassing Bella Vista in Northwest Arkansas". City of Bella Vista. Retrieved May 14, 2014.