December 12, 2012
After being closed for several months, Highway 279 south of Hiwasse to the Centerton area was opened recently for motorists who had been using a bypass from Highway 72, east of Hiwasse. The overpass for the Bella Vista/Hiwasse 540 bypass is nearing completion and work on the new two-lane road from Highway 72 east of Hiwasse to Highway 72 near Mt. Pleasant Church is continuing on schedule. Work on overpasses at those two interchanges is continuing. Site work on the 540 bypass road from Mt. Pleasant north is continuing at a good pace. Date for opening of the first segment is expected sometime in 2013.