Money for Arkansas River Bridge Is Fort Smith’s Missing Link

One of Arkansas’ top priorities is finishing Interstate 49 in the western part of the state.

A key component of that massive project, which is also massively expensive, is a 13.7-mile stretch near Fort Smith that includes a bridge over the Arkansas River to connect Interstate 40 with Interstate 49, which would then run from south Fort Smith to northwest Arkansas and up through the midsection of the nation.