The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday approved its staff’s request to pursue federal funding for the Missouri portion of the Interstate 49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector.
Thirty-eight people, including elected officials from McDonald County and the city of Anderson in Missouri, attended Wednesday’s meeting. They each voiced strong support for the project, describing its importance to long-distance travelers as well as Missourians who commute to work in Northwest Arkansas.
The commission’s application for the grant is critical toward completing the unfinished section of I-49. If the request for a $32.4 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant is awarded, there would be enough money to transition I-49 into a 265-mile, uninterrupted highway from Fort Smith and Kansas City.