The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved the finances and timeline for completion of the last five miles of I-49 in Missouri, known as the Missouri/Arkansas Connector.

In December 2018, MoDOT regional planning partner, Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission (NWARPC), was successful in receiving a $25 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) federal grant. The funds will be used to complete the last five miles of I-49 from Pineville to the Missouri/Arkansas border.

The estimated total cost for the project is $47.9 million.

The next step is for the project to be submitted to the NWARPC for inclusion in the metropolitan area Transportation Improvement Program, a four-year schedule of transportation projects for the region.

It is anticipated the project will be put out for bids in Spring 2020 with construction being completed in the summer of 2022.

MoDOT is currently updating construction plans for the project and is seeking public comment on environmental impacts of the project. Documents may be reviewed by going to project website.