Interstate 49 - The missing link in the U.S. Transportation Grid

Interstate 49 will connect Canada to the Gulf Coast at New Orleans creating a major U.S. highway which will open up transportation of goods, people and tourism through the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. this critical corridor has been under construction in various phases for more than 30 years. The remaining link is primarly in Arkansas, with more than $3 billion of the $4.9 billion price tag needed to build a bridge across the Arkansas River and finish road construction from Alma to Texarkana.

Interstate 49 will pass directly through the heart of Chaffee Crossing, creating unlimited potential for commercial, industrial and residential development. In 2009, $25 million federal highway dollars were appropriated for overpasses and road bed work on I-49 through Chaffee Crossing. This was a huge step in realizing advancement of the highway, however much work remains to be done.

Please click on the link below to learn more about the I-49 initiative and to sign a petition in support of the completion of the highway. This information will be used only to stress to local, state and federal officials the need and support for this highway.

Interstate 49 in the News:

AASHTO-Transportation Reboot

August 27, 2010 - The third report in a series by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will be published Monday, Aug. 30. Visit the AASHTO site to read all three articles, meant to remind federal transportation officials that rural highways are important to the nation.

Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Presents Petition for I-49 Funding

KFSM TV 5 - Fort Smith, AR, March 14, 2010

I-49 Section Gets $5 Million; Far Less Than Requested

KFSM TV 5/ - Fort Smith, AR, February 17, 2010 


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