8th Street

3200 SW Municipal Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
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8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The 8th Street Improvements Project corridor runs along South 8th Street, from I-49 west to SW “I” Street.  From the Interstate to Moberly Lane, the project involves constructing a new interchange with I-49 and new location road construction of five lanes with curb and gutter.   Between Moberly Lane and SW "I" Street ,  8th Street will become a four lane arterial with a raised median, curb and gutter.  Breaks in the median will be at key locations such as major street crossings.  The entire project will have six foot sidewalks on the north side and a ten foot trail on the south side.

Project Progression

2005 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; and Parsons.

Sept. 25, 2007 City of Bentonville contracts with Burns 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.

2011 Throughout 2011, the Environmental Assessment document was under development, with numerous discussions and drafts submitted to AHTD and FHWA for review.

Feb. 2011 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.

Sept. 6, 2011 AHTD informed the City and consultant that a “legal sufficiency” declaration was received from the FHWA.

Oct. 19, 2011 FHWA signed the EA, allowing the document to be released to the public for review and plans to begin for a public hearing.

Dec. 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.

Aug. 13, 2012 30% plans are submitted to AHTD for review.

March 7, 2013 Design Public Hearing was held at Central Fire Station.

May 14, 2013 City Council approved the consulting contract for Universal Field Services for Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Services.

July 13, 2013 Began Soils Geotech Field Borings

Aug. 12, 2013 Received letter of No Adverse Impact from the State Historic Preservation Organization.

Aug. 30, 2013 Received approval of the Environmental Assessment Document (FONSI).

Nov. 15, 2013  60% plans are submitted to AHTD for review.

April 7, 2014 Received authority from AHTD and FHWA to begin right-of-way and easement acquisition from SE”J” St. to Moberly Lane.

April 25, 2014 Notice to Proceed is issued to Universal Field Services to begin appraisal and acquisition of the approved section from “J” Street to Moberly.

July 23, 2014 Received authority from AHTD and FHWA to begin right-of-way and easement acquisition form Moberly Lane east to and including the proposed interchange.

Sept. 9, 2014 Received authority from AHTD and FHWA to begin right-of-way and easement acquisition from SE “J” to SW”I”.

March 16, 2016 City has acquired approximately 70% of the right-of-way and easements and should complete the rest of acquisition in four to six weeks. City hopes to start demolition of buildings and utility relocations by June. AHTD plans to bid the interchange portion of the project, which include the construction of 8th Street from I-49 west to Moberly Lane, in the second half of this year.


The full Environmental Assessment Report is available for viewing in the City of BentonvilleTransportation Engineers Office at 305 SW "A" Street, Bentonville, Arkansas between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  

http://Fonsi Approval Letter from FHWA.pdf


Latest Project Boards as of 12-10-14

http://DPH Board SW I to SW A






Design Public Hearing March 7th 2013

8th Street DPH Handout
8th Street DPH Comment Form
Design Public Hearing Legal Ad
Board Interchange North
Board Interchange North Profiles
Board Interchange South
Board Interchange South Profiles
Board Moberly to I540
Board SEJ to Moberly
Board SWA to SEJ
Board SWI to SWA
TYP Board Interchange North
TYP Board Interchange South
TYP Board Moberly to I540
TYP Board SWI to Moberly
Board Desgin Hearing 30x40


Location Hearing Information

What is the Project
Why is the Project Needed
Location Public Hearing Handout
Preliminary Cost No-8B-9B
Impact Comparison No-8B-9B
Process Diagram Board
Traffic Levels of Service
Interchange Comparison 34x44
Cross Sections 34x44
8th Street LH Drawing 8B East
8th Street LH Drawing 8B West
8th Street LH Drawing 8B interchange
8th Street LH Drawing 9B East
8th Street LH Drawing 9B West
8th Street LH Drawing 9B Interchange

Environmental Assessment Information

8th Street Improvement Project Environmental Assessment
Appendix A Alternatives Development and Evaluation
Appendix B Endangered and Threatened Species
Appendix C Socioeconomic Environment
Appendix D Land Use
Appendix E Conceptual Stage Relocation Statement
Appendix F Section 4f Evaluation
Appendix G Native American Consultation
Appendix H Noise Analysis
Appendix I Hazardous Materials and Waste Sites
Appendix J Scoping Summary Report
Appendix K Agency Coordination