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Interstate 555

Interstate 555 (I-555) is an Interstate Highway that connects Turrell, Arkansas, at I-55 to Jonesboro at Arkansas Highway 91 (Hwy. 91). I-555 travels along what is currently U.S. Route 63 (US 63) for its entire route. That highway was upgraded in the 2000s to Interstate Highway standards. I-555 is the second Interstate with all three digits the same, to exist, the first to be signed as an Interstate (I-444 in Oklahoma is unsigned).

Interstate 555 marker

Interstate 555
I-555 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length 49.8 mi[3] (80.1 km)
Existed March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11)[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end I-55 / US 61 / US 63 / AR 77 in Turrell
  US 49 in Jonesboro
North end US 63 / AR 18 / AR 91 in Jonesboro
Highway system
AR 549AR 612

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Route descriptionEdit

The road provides a limited-access highway corridor between Memphis, Tennessee, and Arkansas's fifth largest city, Jonesboro.

HistoryEdit

The I-555 route was approved on January 10, 2001, consisting of upgrading the section of US 63 between Turrell to Jonesboro to interstate standards.

According to the 2007 Arkansas state highway map, only a segment from Tyronza to Gilmore was not yet up to freeway standards. However, as of August 5, 2007 the Hwy. 135 interchange on that section, the last one remaining, is open, thus making the route a true freeway.

 
I-555 exit 44 signage

A few mainline bridges between Marked Tree and Turrell are from the original two-lane US 63 and are narrower than current Interstate Highway standards, but I-530 was approved in 1999 despite having a similar issue.

The last requirement to formally designate this route as I-555 was the construction of a parallel access road across a floodway between Payneway and Marked Tree, so that farm equipment would no longer have to use US 63 to cross the floodway. To date, no crossing has ever been built, but an exemption of agricultural vehicles was added to I-555 between Marked Tree and Payneway The exemption was introduced by U.S. Representative Rick Crawford and passed as part of the House Transportation Bill on December 4, 2015.

It was announced in December 2015, that I-555 would be officially designated in Spring of 2016.[4] The road was officially dedicated on March 11, 2016 in Jonesboro.

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
CrittendenTurrell0.00.01     I-55 / US 61 south / US 63 south / AR 77 south – Turrell, Blytheville, Memphis TNI-55 exits 23A-B; signed as exits 1A (I-55/US 61/US 63 south) and 1B (I-55 north); US 61 north and AR 77 south continue past interchange; southern end of US 63/AR 77 overlaps.
Gilmore1.93.12  AR 77 north – GilmoreNorthern end of AR 77 overlap
Poinsett7.111.47  AR 135 – Lepanto
Tyronza8.714.08  AR 118 – Tyronza
Marked Tree13.221.213   US 63B north / AR 149 – Marked Tree, Earle
14.222.914   US 63B south (AR 14 east) / AR 75 – Marked Tree, Lepanto, ParkinSouth end of AR 14 overlap
18.229.318  AR 14 west – Payneway, HarrisburgNorth end of AR 14 overlap
24.038.624  AR 463 – Trumann
Trumann28.746.229  AR 69 – Trumann
CraigheadBay34.655.735  AR 463 – Bay
Jonesboro36.258.336Nestlé Road
39.162.939  AR 18S (Commerce Drive)
40.364.940   US 63B north / AR 463 south (Nettleton Avenue)
41.767.142   US 49 north / AR 1 (Stadium Boulevard/Red Wolf Boulevard) / Caraway Road – ParagouldSouth end of US 49 overlap
43.469.844  AR 1B (Harrisburg Road)
44.872.145   US 49 south / AR 18 east (Southwest Drive)North end of US 49 overlap; south end of AR 18 overlap
45.873.746  AR 226 west (Wood Springs Road) / Strawfloor Road
47.175.847Washington Avenue
49.479.549   AR 91 (Dan Avenue / AR 18 west) / US 63 northNorth end of freeway; north end of AR 18 overlap; northern terminus of I-555
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "I-555 to be dedicated (2016-05-11) Friday in Jonesboro". KASU. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "40-years-in-the-making-i-555-in-arkansas-becoming-reality". KATV. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Google (June 19, 2015). "Interstate 555" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Arkansas News Bureau. "Highway Commission Approves I-555 Designation For Section Of U.S. 63". Times Record. 

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