Interstate 440 (Arkansas)
Interstate 440 (I-440) and Arkansas Highway 440 (AR 440), in the central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas, form a partial loop of 14.16 miles (22.79 km) connecting US 67, US 167, and I-40 with I-30 and I-530 near Little Rock. I-440, known as the East Belt Freeway during planning and construction, travels through much of the area's industrial core in the eastern part of the metropolitan area, near Clinton National Airport and the Port of Little Rock. The route is mostly a six-lane freeway. North of I-40, the route continues as AR 440 until it reaches US 67/US 167 (Future I-57) in Jacksonville. This section is known as the North Belt Freeway.
I-440 highlighted in red
|Length||14.16 mi (22.79 km)|
|History||Last completed in 2003|
|West end||I-30 / I-530 / US 65 / US 67 / US 167 in Little Rock|
|East end||Future I-57 / US 67 / US 167 in Jacksonville|
Interstate 440 begins at Interstate 30 at a large interchange with Interstate 530. After this interchange, I-440 intersects Springer Boulevard and Bankhead Drive near Clinton National Airport (formerly Little Rock National Airport). The highway continues across Lindsey Road northeast to cross the Arkansas River. I-440 has interchanges with US 165 and US 70 before terminating at Interstate 40. On the north side of I-40, I-440 transitions to Arkansas Highway 440, an extension of I-440 built to interstate standards. AR 440 runs northeast to Jacksonville, connecting North Little Rock's easternmost neighborhoods with US 67/US 167 (Future Interstate 57).
To avoid repeating the disturbance of the Fourche Creek floodplain by a causeway section of I-30 (including what is now the I-30/I-440/I-530 interchange), most of I-440 between I-30 and the exit leading to the airport is an extended bridge through the floodplain, crossing Fourche Creek several times.
The idea of Interstate 440 was first proposed in 1941.
I-440 is part of a planned full loop around the metropolitan area, together with Interstate 430. Part of that effort, an extended route from I-440's east end at I-40 to US 67/US 167, opened in 2003 as Arkansas Highway 440, and is also part of the North Belt Freeway project. However, completing the North Belt Freeway to I-430 has been put on hold, after its cost was estimated at over US$600 million.
The entire route is in Pulaski County.
|Little Rock||0.00||0.00||I-30 west (US 67 south) – Hot Springs, Texarkana||Western terminus of I-440|
|138B||I-530 / US 65 / US 167 south – Pine Bluff||Westbound left exit and eastbound left entrance, exit number uses I-30's mileposts; I-530 exit 1A|
|138A||I-30 east / US 65 / US 167 north (US 67 north) – Downtown||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, exit number uses I-30's mileposts; I-30 exit 138|
|1.28||2.06||1||AR 365 (Springer Boulevard)|
|3.44||5.54||3||Bankhead Drive – L.R. National Airport|
|5.16||8.30||5||Fourche Dam Pike – Little Rock River Port|
|North Little Rock||6.97||11.22||7||US 165 – England, Scott|
|7.91||12.73||8||CR 82 (Faulkner Lake Road)|
|9.96||16.03||11||I-40 – Fort Smith, Memphis||Eastern terminus of I-440 and western terminus of AR 440; I-40 exit 159; signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east) westbound|
|Jacksonville||13.40||21.57||12||AR 161 – Rixey|
|14.16||22.79||13||Future I-57 / US 67 / US 167 – Sherwood, North Little Rock, Jacksonville||Temporary eastern terminus of AR 440; US 67 exit 6|
|||AR 440 north||Future continuation beyond US 67/US 167|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Route and Section Map (PDF) (Map). Pulaski County supplemental. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- Route and Section Map (PDF) (Map). Pulaski County. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
- Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (ZIP). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- "Board removes North Belt Freeway from plan". Washington Times. Associated Press. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2018.