Highway 71 Interchange (South Bella Vista Bypass)

Bella Vista, Arkansas
Highway 71 Interchange (South Bella Vista Bypass)

ESS was contracted for the Southern portion of the Bella Vista Bypass corridor that will connect with Interstate 49 in McDonald County, Missouri. When complete, the bypass will provide direct access to the south and west of Bella Vista, improve connectivity in northwest Arkansas, and improve safety. ESS proposed several Alternate Concept Proposals (ACP’s) prior to the bid. The ACP’s led to an accelerated construction schedule that would complete the project more than a year earlier compared to other bidders. This project included a full reconstruction of the existing I-49 / Hwy 71B (Walton Blvd) interchange. 

This corridor features an immense amount of traffic and is the only gap in I-49 between Kansas City, MO and Fort Smith Arkansas. Maintaining traffic during accelerated construction is of the utmost importance for ESS, ArDOT, and local stakeholders throughout the duration of the project, until the bypass provides the designed relief around the Bella Vista / Bentonville Communities.

Owner ArDOT

ESS' Role Primary Contractor

Project Duration 24 Months

Self-Performed 60%

Scope of Work

This project required strategic phasing of operations, crucial schedule management and a lot of manpower. The biggest challenge of this project was maintaining the flow of traffic in the area. Maintenance of traffic on the project consisted of 6 major phases of construction with occasional sub-stages in between. Work activities included drilling and blasting, presplitting, rock excavation, rock fill, embankment, bridge construction, concrete paving and asphalt paving all throughout various phases of the project and adjacent to active roadways. This project also included the first ever design SPUI (Single Point Urban Interchange) in Arkansas which included a 297’ single span plate girder bridge over Hwy 71B.

Excavation 926,435 CY

Paving 55,428.71 SY

Asphalt 53,000 TN

Lane Miles 2.9

Full Reconstruction Miles 2.41