The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)will present the preliminary findings for possible improvements to a segment of U.S. Highway 412, between Arkansas Highway 112 in Tontitown and 40th Street in Springdale.
ArDOT will host a public meeting on the findings from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission office at 1311 Clayton St. in Springdale. Residents can offer comments and ask questions about the findings in the meeting with an open house format.
In March, ArDOT hosted a public meeting to receive comments from residents on how to improve the Highway 412 segment in the two cities. The transportation department hosted the meeting a day after taking comments on the segment of Arkansas Highway 102, between highways 102B (Main Street) in Centerton and 94 in Rogers.
In public meeting in Springdale, some of the ideas included redesigning the Interstate 49 interchange at Highway 412, building a flyover connecting 48th Street from the north side of I-49 to the south side and adding an I-49 overpass to connect Har-Ber Avenue to Emma Avenue.
In 2016, the Arkansas Highway Commission directed ArDOT director Scott Bennett to study the need and feasibility to improve five segments of state and U.S. highway in Northwest Arkansas. The two public meetings were a result of the commission’s direction. Other highways to be studied include U.S. Highway 71B, between highways 412 and 264 in Springdale and Rogers; Arkansas Highway 59, between highways 72 west and east in Gravette; and Highway 94, between Highway 71B and Old Wire Road in Rogers.