I-49 bridge construction requires lane closures on Van Asche Drive in north Fayetteville

Van Asche Drive file photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Drivers in north Fayetteville can expect to encounter lane closures along Van Asche Drive beginning this week.

Crews working for the state highway department will begin using a crane to remove and install girders for a new Interstate 49 bridge on Friday, Nov. 18, according to a news release.

Installation of the new bridge is part of a larger project to widen I-49 from four lanes to six lanes from Fayetteville to Bentonville.

The work will require several phases of lane closures that will shift traffic from one side of Van Asche to the other, depending on which part of the bridge is being constructed. Two-way traffic (one lane in each direction) will be maintained at all times, with the exception of a few 15- to 30-minute closures at night.

Garett Foote, project manager for Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., said the lane closures are expected to last through the beginning of December 2017.