- HomeI-49 Project

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (Department), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is preparing an environmental re-evaluation and refining the conceptual alignment for a new section of Interstate 49 (I-49). The new section is a critical connection between Highway 22 in Sebastian County and the I 40/I-49 interchange in Crawford County, a length of approximately 13.7 miles. The purpose of this project is to complement the existing Interstate system, accommodate safe travel, and promote economic development.

This proposed project was originally part of a larger environmental study known as the “U.S. 71 Relocation.” This study extended from Highway 70 in DeQueen, Arkansas to I-40 near Alma, Arkansas, encompassing approximately 125 miles. The relocation of U.S. 71 in Arkansas is part of Congressionally-designated High Priority Corridor 1, running from Shreveport, Louisiana to Kansas City, Missouri. A Final Environmental Impact Statement was prepared and a Record of Decision was issued in December 1997 that approved the general alignment of a new location, four-lane highway in western Arkansas. Enclosed is a map showing the general alignment of the re-evaluation section of I-49.

Due to the length of the corridor and funding constraints, design and construction of sections of the corridor have been completed as funding has become available. For this section of I-49, the Department has selected HNTB Corporation to perform an environmental re-evaluation, develop a preliminary design, and conduct a toll feasibility analysis to determine a path forward for completing this critical section of I-49. Outreach, including public involvement meetings and agency coordination, will be part of the ongoing activities. Please use the registration form at the bottom of this page to join our mailing list.

Project Fact Sheet and Schedule
I-49 Alternative Delivery Study Fact Sheet Tolling FAQs
Interstate 49 Alternative Delivery Study Executive Summary Schedule
Project Map Technical Working Group Materials
April 26, 2018:
Public Meeting
March 29, 2018:
PowerPoint Presentation
Aerial Map
Meeting Notes
December 5, 2017:
PowerPoint Presentation
Meeting Notes
Aerial Map
I-49 TWG 1_Comments Received_RollPlots & Post it Pads
Previous Planning Activities
2002 – Innovative Financing Program for Toll Highways
Executive Summary
Summary Report

2001 – Preliminary Toll Feasibility Assessments for:

Arkansas Segmentation Projects
Arkansas Congressionally Designated High Priority Corridors
Arkansas Major Corridor Projects

1997 – US 71 Relocation, DeQueen to Interstate 40







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