Jul 13, 2021 - Politics
Bentonville City Council to consider millions in road project contracts
Cars drive through an intersection in Bentonville
Intersection at Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard and Southwest I Street. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

Get ready for a lot of construction — Bentonville City Council will consider 20 contracts for road and drainage projects at tonight's regular meeting.

Why it matters: Road projects that residents overwhelmingly voted for in April are being put into motion.

The top five most expensive projects account for $7.5 million, more than half the total ($13.6 million) of the contracts up for consideration. They include:

  1. Rainbow Curve (intersection of Walton Boulevard and Highway 12) improvements for $1.8 million — installing a flyover bridge to remove westbound, left-turning traffic.
  2. East Battlefield Boulevard improvements for $1.4 million — converting approximately three-quarters of a mile on East Battlefield Boulevard between East Central Avenue and Water Tower Road from two lanes to three lanes and making the road more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.
  3. Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard and Southwest I Street intersection for $1.2 million — construction of dual left-turn lanes, dedicated right-turn bays and a six-lane cross section along Highway 12/SW Regional Airport Boulevard, beginning west of the intersection with SW I Street and continuing east to the intersection with Walton Boulevard.
  4. Tiger Boulevard overpass for $1.6 million — extending Tiger Boulevard more than half a mile from McCollum Drive over Interstate 49 to connect to Northeast Grammercy Road.
  5. Southwest 28th Street for $1.5 million — widening the street and adding a raised center median along 1.28 miles between Southwest Featherston Road and Southwest I Street while making it more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

The other projects include work at:

Go deeper: Read more about individual projects here, and attend the meeting at 6pm tonight at City Hall or online here.

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