The 8th Street Improvements Project corridor runs along South 8th Street, from I-540 (US Route 71) west to SW “I” Street. From the Interstate to SE “J” Street,
the project involves constructing a new interchange with I-540 and widening from two lanes to five lanes with curb and gutter. Between SE “J” Street and the west
project limit, 8th Street will become a four lane arterial with a raised median, curb and gutter, and wide sidewalks.
||Congress federally earmarked transportation funds for the 8th Street Improvement Project. The City will receive
approximately $31.24 million toward the project.
|Aug 13, 2006
||City publishes a request for letters of interest.
|Jan 26, 2007
||City accepts full proposal of services from shorts listed consultants: Burns and McDonnell; Crafton, Tull and Sparks;
|Sept 25, 2007
||City of Bentonville contracts with Burn and McDonnell out of Kansas City, MO as the project engineers to begin
preliminary conceptual design.
|Nov 15, 2007
||Kick-off Meeting for preliminary design with City of Bentonville, Burns and McDonnell, Arkansas Highway and
Transportation Department (AHTD), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
|Feb 28, 2008
||First public meeting is held at the Bentonville Public Library.
|June 24, 2009
||The Engineering and Operational Acceptability Review was approved by AHTD and forwarded to FHWA for
their final approval. The review is a detailed analysis of the need and justification for a new interchange and included
the analysis of four alternatives in the vicinity of the direct extension of 8th Street to the east of Moberly.
|Aug 20, 2009
||FHWA approval of the Engineering and Operational Acceptability Review.
|Apr 27, 2010
||City Council approved the supplemental agreement allowing consultant to begin survey and preliminary design.
The schedule allows for 24 months to complete the design.
|July 21, 2010
||Kick off meeting for design with the City of Bentonville, AHTD, FHWA, and Burns and McDonnell.
|Aug 9, 2010
||Surveyors mailed a letter to the property owners informing them that survey work would begin shortly.
||Throughout 2011, the Environmental Assessment document was under development,
with numerous discussions and drafts submitted to AHTD and FHWA for review.
||Cultural resource surveys were conducted within the study area. The Arkansas State Historic Preservation
Officer (SHPO) concurred with the survey findings and approved the cultural resources report in July 2011.
|March 8, 2011
||Meeting held at AHTD headquarters in Little Rock with representatives from the City of Bentonville,
various AHTD Divisions and consultant personnel. Discussion items included status of the EA, addressing right-of-way and easement
policies, and the addition of improvements to the Hwy. 102/62 interchange to the EA.
|July 25, 2011
||AHTD approved the Environmental Assessment – 8th Street Improvements (Bentonville) Preliminary Engineering
- Benton County and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for review.
|September 6, 2011
||AHTD informed the City and consultant that a “legal sufficiency” declaration was received from the FHWA.
|October 19, 2011
||FHWA signed the EA, allowing the document to be released to the public for review and plans to begin for a
|December 15, 2011
||A Location Public Hearing was held at the Bentonville Downtown Activity Center.
This open-house style meeting was attended by over 125 citizens and interested parties, asking questions of City and consultant team staff members,
and providing comments about the roadway design alternatives.
|March 7, 2013
||A design public meeting was held at the
central fire station. The open house style meeting was attended by over
90 citizens and interested parties.