Public input needed on proposed XNA access road

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation will host an online meeting to discuss the proposed design plans for an improved connection between Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) and the Springdale Northern Bypass (Hwy. 612).

The virtual presentation is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

» Click here to register and watch the meeting

The public is invited to listen, view meeting materials, and provide written input. A website will be available for comments until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The department is proposing a new, four-lane highway that would connect Hwy. 612 to Hwy. 264 near the entrance of XNA at Airport Boulevard. The new road would include an interchange on Hwy. 612 west of Hwy. 112 where the highway currently ends. That extension of Hwy. 612 would be built first, followed by the new XNA Highway Access road.

The access road would not include any entrance or exit ramps, according to state documents. It would require overpasses at Wager Drive, Haden Road and Holmes Road. Once crossing over Holmes Road, traffic would be reduced to one lane in each direction, and the two-lane road would end at a new signalized intersection with Hwy. 264 and Airport Boulevard (see map below).

Nearly 242 acres of right of way would be needed to complete the project, which is expected to cost over $85 million.

More information about the project is available at

Map – Proposed XNA Access Highway