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U.S. Route 63 in Arkansas

U.S. Route 63 (US 63) is a north-south U.S. highway that begins in Ruston, LA. In the US state of Arkansas the highway enters the state from Louisiana concurrent with US 167 in Junction City. The highway zigzags through the state serving the major cities of Pine Bluff, West Memphis and Jonesboro. The highway exits the state at Mammoth Spring traveling into Missouri.

U.S. Highway 63 marker

U.S. Highway 63
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Major junctions
South end US 63 / US 167 in Junction City at Louisiana state line
 
North end US 63 in Mammoth Spring at Missouri state line
Location
CountiesUnion, Bradley, Cleveland, Jefferson, Arkansas, Prairie, Monroe, St. Francis, Crittenden, Poinsett, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Sharp, Fulton
Highway system
US 62US 64

US 63 shares many overlaps with other highways in Arkansas. This includes I-40 and I-55. Once the freeway section was extended further south to I-55 at Turrell, US 63 from there to Jonesboro became I-555.

Route descriptionEdit

U.S. 63 enters into Arkansas from Louisiana concurrent with US 167 in Junction City. Just a few miles into the state, the two highways run on the eastern edge of El Dorado as an expressway. US 167 splits here, traveling towards Hampton. US 63 bypasses the town of Warren, crossing US 270. US 63 passes through the rural Cleveland County, then enters into Jefferson County.

 
US 63 along with I-555 and US 49 in Jonesboro

In Jefferson County, US 63 serves the city of Pine Bluff. US 63 bypasses the city, running on the last 3 miles of I-530. Also in Pine Bluff, the highway overlaps with US 65 and US 79. US 63 runs northeast with US 79 until Stuttgart, where the highway runs north to Hazen. Just north of Hazen, US 63 overlaps with I-40 to West Memphis. In West Memphis, US 63 runs north with I-55.

U.S. 63 runs with I-55 until Turrell, where it leaves the interstate and runs concurrent with I-555 until Jonesboro, until I-555 terminates. US 49 overlaps the two roadways for two miles in central Jonesboro. US 63/I-555 serves as a by-pass for southern Jonesboro. In Hoxie, US 63 intersects with US 67 (Future I-57). Northwest of here near Portia the highway overlaps with US 412.

In Imboden US 62 joins this overlap. In Hardy, US 63 leaves the two highways. In Mammoth Spring, US 63 crosses into Missouri, traveling to West Plains.

 
US Highway 62 joins US 63 and 412 in Imboden

HistoryEdit

Portions of U.S. 63 in northern Arkansas have their origins in the work of the Ozark Trails Association, which established a network of roads in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri beginning in the 1910s. A portion of roadway was mapped out in Arkansas between Mammoth Spring and Memphis, Tennessee, and built c. 1918-22. This roadway was eventually designated Highway A-7, and was later designated U.S. 63. Some of the original infrastructure of this early construction has survived the 1927 Mississippi flood and the realignment of U.S. 63 in 1967. Northwest of Tyronza, Old U.S. 63 runs for about 1-1/4 miles of original concrete pavement;[1] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[2] Four bridges built in the 1920s (three before the 1927 flood and one after, are also on the National Register; three southeast of Marked Tree, and one southeast of Tyronza.[3][4]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
UnionJunction City   US 63 south / US 167 south – RustonLouisiana state line
  AR 7 south – Lockhart, LASouth end of AR 7 overlap
El Dorado    US 82 / AR 15 south – Magnolia, Crossett, South Arkansas Regional AirportInterchange; US 82 exit 22
15   US 82B / US 167B north (Hillsboro Street)Interchange
  US 167 north / Main Street – Fordyce, CamdenInterchange; North end of US 167 / AR 7 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 16
Old Union  AR 129 south (Lawson Road) – Lawson
  AR 275 south – Strong
Bradley  AR 600 – Moro Bay State Park
  AR 160 west – JerseySouth end of AR 160 overlap
Hermitage   US 63B north / AR 160 east – Hermitage, IngallsNorth end of AR 160 overlap
  US 63B south – Hermitage
Carmel  AR 8 east – JohnsvilleSouth end of AR 8 overlap
  AR 980 – Warren Municipal Airport
Warren  US 278 – Hampton, Monticello
  US 63B north
  US 278B
  AR 8 west – FordyceNorth end of AR 8 overlap
   US 63B south / AR 189 south – Monticello
ClevelandRye  AR 35 south – Monticello, Lake MonticelloSouth end of AR 35 overlap
Pansy   AR 11 north / AR 35 north – Rison, Star CityNorth end of AR 35 overlap
Calmer  AR 114 west – RisonSouth end of AR 114 overlap
  AR 114 east – Star CityNorth end of AR 114 overlap
Jefferson  AR 54 east – GlendaleSouth end of AR 54 overlap
Pinebergen  AR 54 westNorth end of AR 54 overlap
Pine Bluff    I-530 north / US 79 south (US 65 north) / US 63B north – Little RockSouth end of I-530 / US 65 / US 79 overlap; US 63 south follows exit 43
44  AR 530 south – Star City, Monticello
Pine Bluff46   US 65 south / AR 190 (Harding Avenue) – Dumas, McGehee, Lake VillageNorth end of I-530 / US 65 overlap; South end of US 65B overlap; US 63 north follows exit 46
  US 65B north / Harding Street / Market StreetNorth end of US 65B overlap
  AR 81 south
Altheimer   US 79B to US 65 north – Pine Bluff, UAPB
   US 79B south to AR 88 – Reydell, Altheimer Business District
ArkansasHumphrey  AR 13 north – Humnoke, Carlisle
  AR 152 east – Bayou Meto WMA
  AR 343 south
  US 79B north – De Witt, Phillips Community College
Stuttgart  US 79 north (West Michigan Street) – Clarendon, Arkansas County Agricultural MuseumNorth end of US 79 overlap
  US 165 – England, Little Rock, De Witt, Clarendon
Prairie  AR 980 – Stuttgart Municipal Airport
  AR 86 west – SlovakSouth end of AR 86 overlap
Siedenstricker  AR 86 east – TollvilleNorth end of AR 86 overlap
Hazen  US 70 east – DeValls Bluff, BrinkleySouth end of US 70 overlap
  US 70 west – Hazen Business DistrictNorth end of US 70 overlap
   I-40 west / AR 11 north – Little Rock, Des Arc, Lower White River Museum State ParkSouth end of I-40 overlap; US 63 south follows exit 193
see I-40
Crittenden   I-40 east / I-55 south (US 61 south / US 64 east / US 79 north) – MemphisNorth end of I-40 / US 79 overlap; South end of I-55 / US 61 / US 64 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 277; US 63 south follows exit 8
see I-55
Turrell    I-55 north / AR 77 south (US 61 north) / I-555 – Blytheville, St. Louis, MO, TurrellNorth end of I-55 / US 61 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 23; US 63 south follows exit 1A; Southern terminus of I-555
Gilmore2  AR 77 north – Gilmore
Poinsett7  AR 135 – Lepanto
Tyronza8  AR 118 – Tyronza
Marked Tree13   US 63B north / AR 149 – Marked Tree, Earle
14   US 63B south (AR 14 east) / AR 75 – Marked Tree, Lepanto, ParkinSouth end of AR 14 overlap
16  AR 14 west – Payneway, HarrisburgNorth end of AR 14 overlap
24  AR 463 – Trumann
Trumann29  AR 69 – Trumann
CraigheadBay35  AR 463 – Bay
Jonesboro36Nestlé Road
39  AR 18S (Commerce Drive)
40   US 63B north / AR 463 south
42   US 49 north / AR 1 (Stadium Boulevard) / Caraway RoadSouth end of US 49 overlap
44  AR 1B (Harrisburg Road)
45   US 49 south / AR 18 east (Southwest Drive)North end of US 49 overlap; South end of AR 18 overlap;Northern terminus of I-555
46  AR 226 west (Wood Springs Road) / Strawfloor Road
47Washington Avenue
49   AR 91 (Dan Avenue / AR 18 west) / I-555Interchange; North end of freeway; North end of AR 18 overlap; northern terminus of I-555
  US 63B north – Bono Business District
   AR 230 to AR 91 – Alicia, Bono
  US 63B south – Bono Business District
Greene
No major junctions
LawrenceSedgwick  AR 228 east – LightSouth end of AR 228 overlap
   AR 228 west to AR 349North end of AR 228 overlap
Walnut Ridge  AR 91 – Egypt
   US 63B north to US 67B
    Future I-57 / US 67 north to US 412 – Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas, ParagouldInterchange; South end of US 67 overlap, exit 121.
Hoxie    Future I-57 / US 67 south / US 67B north – Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, NewportInterchange; North end of US 67 overlap, exit 121.
  US 63B south – Hoxie Business District
  US 412 east – Walnut Ridge, ParagouldSouth end of US 412 overlap
Black Rock  AR 25 – Black Rock, Powhatan, Davidsonville Historic State Park, Powhatan Courthouse, Lake CharlesInterchange
  AR 117 north – Davidsonville Historic State ParkSouth end of AR 117 overlap
  AR 117 south – SmithvilleNorth end of AR 117 overlap
Imboden  US 62 east – Pocahontas, Business DistrictSouth end of US 62 overlap
  AR 115 south – Smithville, Cave City
Randolph
No major junctions
LawrenceRavenden  AR 90 east – Ravenden Springs
Sharp  AR 58E west – Williford
  AR 58 west – Williford
Hardy  AR 175 north – WirthSouth end of AR 175 overlap
  US 63B north – Hardy, Historic District
     US 62 west / US 412 west / US 63B south (AR 175 south) to US 167 – Hardy, Ash Flat, Batesville, Mountain HomeNorth end of US 62 / US 412 / AR 175 overlap
FultonMammoth Spring  AR 9 south – Salem, Business District
  US 63 north – ThayerMissouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A-7, Tyronza Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A-7, Bridges Historic District" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A7, Ditch No. 6 Bridge" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24.

External linksEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
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