Rock Blasting Along Arkansas Interstate Will Create Delays Next Week, Officials Say

Benton County, AR – Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials are warning of lane closures and traffic delays due to rock blasting operations in the Northwest part of the state next Monday.

According to ARDOT, crews will perform the blasts on Monday, October 18 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m, weather permitting.


During the rock blasting operations, work crews will temporarily stop traffic for up to 15 minutes as a safety precaution in the area of the interchange on Interstate 49 (Bella Vista Bypass), Highway 71, and Walton Boulevard.

The rock blasting will be conducted in order to build the Bella Vista Bypass interchange with Highway 71 in Bentonville.

The long-awaited Bella Vista Bypass — a 19-mile stretch of road that included six construction phases and cost over $220 million — officially opened to the public on October 1.


ARDOT advises motorists to watch for warning signs, safety personnel and slower traffic speeds during the work next week.

The project is a part of ARDOT’s “Connecting Arkansas Program,” and includes constructing approximately 2.8 miles of roadway with bridge structures on I-49.

The cost of the project in total is $66.6 million.


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