U.S. Route 64 in Arkansas
U.S. Route 64 is a U.S. highway running from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona east to Nags Head, North Carolina. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 246.35 miles (396.46 km) from the Oklahoma border in Fort Smith east to the Tennessee border in Memphis. The route passes through several cities and towns, including Fort Smith, Clarksville, Russellville, Conway, Searcy, and West Memphis. US 64 runs parallel to Interstate 40 until Conway, when I-40 takes a more southerly route.
|Maintained by ArDOT|
|Length||246.35 mi (396.46 km)|
|West end||US-64 at Oklahoma border near Fort Smith|
| I-540 / US 71 in Van Buren|
I-40 in Clarksville
I-40 in Lamar
Future I-57 / US 67 / US 167 / US 67B in Beebe
US 49 in Fair Oaks
I-55 / US 61 / US 63 in Marion
I-40 in West Memphis
US 70 / AR 131 in West Memphis
|East end||I-55 / US 61 / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 at Tennessee border in Memphis|
|Counties||Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Conway, Faulkner, White, Woodruff, Cross, Crittenden|
US 64 crosses Arkansas' western border over the Arkansas River, heading southeast into downtown Ft. Smith. Upon entry to Arkansas, the highway passes the Fort Smith National Historic Site, Ft. Smith Confederate Monument, Commercial Hotel and the West Garrison Avenue Historic District, all on the National Register of Historic Places. The highway turns northwest near the New Theatre, following the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad and concurring with US 71 Business onto 10th and 11th Streets. Westbound traffic runs on 10th St and eastbound traffic on 11th St past the Fort Smith Masonic Temple. Traffic converges onto Midland Boulevard. US 64 crosses the Arkansas River again near the American Doughboy Monument as it enters Van Buren on Broadway. US 64 passes the Van Buren Post Office before turning east onto Main Street, then northeast again becoming the Alma Highway. US 64 passes a former alignment, now designated as Oak St. After Oak St, US 64 crosses I-540 and continues east to Alma. US 64 closely follows Interstate 40 until Conway, while also closely following the Arkansas River, the Union Pacific Railroad, and the southern edge of the Ozark National Forest.
US 64 continues through mountainous Franklin County, intersecting the Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Ozark. The route passes the Franklin County Courthouse, and the Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District in Ozark before exiting town continuing east. Route 64 passes a historically significant connector road in Wiederkehr Village before entering Altus and entering Johnson County. US 64 runs through Coal Hill and Hartman before curving northeast and crossing over I-40. The route continues to Clarksville, home of the University of the Ozarks. The route passes the Johnson County Courthouse, historic American Legion Hut, Clarksville Municipal Airport, and Lake Dardanelle before again crossing over I-40 and entering Pope County.
US 64 then parallels Interstate 40, through Russellville and Morrilton. In Faulkner County, it briefly converges with U.S. Route 65B through Conway heading south before diverging from US 65 Business and Interstate 40 by turning east onto Oak Street. The highway next approaches Vilonia, following a southerly bypass around the city that opened in October 2011 (replacing its former alignment along Vilonia's Main Street) and rejoining its prior alignment west of the White County line and continuing to El Paso, where it intersects Arkansas Highway 5. US 64 then travels east to Beebe, where it originally entered town via Center Street and joined with US 67 and US 167. This former route along Center Street has since been resigned U.S. Route 67B, as all three US highways have been relocated to a concurrent divided highway northwest of Beebe.
US 64 runs along this divided highway past McRae, Garner, and Searcy, where its original route took it north along Main Street, then east along Race Avenue. This former route is now signed U.S Route 67B. Later, US 64, 67, and 167 were rerouted southeast of Searcy along Eastline Road, which is now signed Arkansas Highway 367. Currently, all three highways continue to run northeast along a divided highway running parallel to Eastline Road.
US 64 diverges from US 67 & 167 on the northeast side of Bald Knob, where its former route took it downtown along Highway Avenue, which is now signed Arkansas Highway 367. US 64 turns east toward the White River and Woodruff County, while the divided US 67 diverges northeast, and US 167 diverges north.
US 64 continues east through Augusta and McCrory, intersecting with US Route 49 at Fair Oaks and bypassing Wynne while in Cross County, and proceeding into Crittenden County through Earle and Crawfordsville, until joining with Interstate 55 at Marion. Its former route continued east along Military Road, turning south onto the Great River Road, and converging with US Route 63, which has since also been rerouted along Interstate 55. The former route is signed Arkansas Highway 77.
US 64 continues south to West Memphis, where its former route entered the city from the north via Missouri Street, turning east (diverging from US 63 while converging with US 70 & 79) onto Broadway. Its current route turns east north of West Memphis as Interstates 55 and 40 briefly converge, before entering Tennessee (and downtown Memphis) along the Interstate 55 bridge.
The Arkansas River Valley has served as an east-west pathway across Arkansas for centuries, with travelers taking advantage of the flat natural topography between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. When the United States Army began constructing the Memphis to Little Rock Road on January 31, 1824, it followed a historic trail through the region.
National Register of Historic PlacesEdit
Four original segments of US 64 remain intact and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Menifee segment was listed in 2006, the Scotia segment was listed in 2007, and the Van Buren and Altus segments were listed in 2010. The Horsehead Creek Bridge near Hartman was listed in 2014.
The original segment listings are contained within the Arkansas Highway History and Architecture Multiple Property Submission, which preserves history from Arkansas's highway building era between 1910 and 1965. The Horsehead Creek Bridge was listed within the Historic Bridges of Arkansas MPS. Two other bridges were NRHP-listed until their demolition: the 1920 Galla Creek Bridge near Pottsville was removed in 2000, and the 1930 Augusta Bridge over the White River was removed in 2002.
The Old US 64-Van Buren Segment is a stretch of historic roadway in Van Buren. Now designated Oak Lane, this stretch of concrete road was built in 1928 by Shultz Construction Co. as part of the original alignment of US 64, whose current alignment (built in 1968) travels to the south. This stretch of road is about 0.65 miles (1.05 km) long and 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, carrying two lanes of traffic with no shoulder. It is made out of a tan-colored aggregate mixed with concrete. This segment was part of the first concrete-paved road in Crawford County.
The Johnson County Line-Ozark-Crawford County Line Road, Altus Segment is a historic roadbed in Altus. It consists of a 425-foot (130 m) section of stone-paved roadbed, located on the north side of US 64 between Robin Way and County Road 515. The roadbed is about 10 feet (3.0 m) wide, with gravel shoulders, and has a small concrete bridge spanning a ditch. Built sometime between c. 1918 and 1931, it is the only known example of stone pavement in rural Arkansas. US 64 was redirected onto a new terrain roadway in 1931, leaving this segment as a nameless connector road.
Horseshead Creek BridgeEdit
The US 64 Horsehead Creek Bridge is a historic bridge, carrying US 64 across Horsehead Creek east of Hartman. Its two main spans are Parker pony trusses, 102 feet (31 m) in length, with steel deck girder approach spans giving the bridge a total length of 415 feet (126 m). The trusses are mounted on concrete piers, with the approaches on concrete piers and abutments. The bridge was built in 1933–1934 by Fred Luttjohann, and served as a major crossing point and transportation route until the construction of Interstate 40 (I-40) to the north.
The Old US 64, Scotia Segment is a section of historic roadway in the unincorporated community of Scotia. It extends eastward from Country Lane, south of the current alignment of US 64. It is about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) in length, following an arced route, and is covered in a bituminous that has in places deteriorated into gravel. It is believed to be the longest-surviving element of the c. 1920 alignment of US 64 in Arkansas, and was built on an alignment dating to the 1830s. It is believed this road formed part of the Trail of Tears.
Old U.S. Route 64 is a historic former alignment of US 64 in Menifee. Now a portion of Canal Road, it consists of a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) section of concrete pavement, extending southward from the current alignment of US 64 near the center of Menifee. Built in 1931 by the Zeigler Construction Company, it is the longest intact portion of the highway's original alignment in Conway County. It was bypassed by the present alignment in 1961.
Historic segment galleryEdit
|Sebastian||Fort Smith||0.0||0.0||US-64 west||Oklahoma state line (Garrison Avenue Bridge over the Arkansas River)|
|0.3||0.48||AR 255 (5th Street / truck route)|
|0.7||1.1||AR 22 east (Garrison Avenue) / US 71B south (Towson Avenue) to US 271 south||West end of US 71B overlap|
|4.8||7.7||AR 255 south (Riverfront Drive)|
|Crawford||Van Buren||5.9||9.5||AR 59 south (South 4th Street)||West end of AR 59 overlap|
|6.3||10.1||AR 59 north (North 11th Street) – Historic District||East end of AR 59 overlap|
|6.9||11.1||AR 162 east (Kibler Road) – Kibler|
|8.2||13.2||I-540 (US 71) to I-40 – Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Fort Smith||I-540 exit 2|
|8.8||14.2||AR 282 east – Rudy|
|||10.3||16.6||AR 60 west|
|Alma||14.0||22.5||US 71B north / AR 162 west to I-40 – Fayetteville, Downtown Alma, Kibler||East end of US 71B overlap|
|15.3||24.6||US 64B west – Business District|
|Mulberry||To I-40 / Georgia Ridge Drive|
|24.8||39.9||AR 215 north / AR 917-1 (Main Street) to I-40 – Vine Prairie Park|
|Franklin||||28.5||45.9||AR 352 (Fairview Road)|
|Ozark||36.5||58.7||AR 219 south|
|37.8||60.8||AR 23 north (North 18th Street) to I-40 – Huntsville, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark||West end of AR 23 overlap|
|38.5||62.0||AR 23 south (7th Street) – Mount Magazine State Park||East end of AR 23 overlap|
|38.8||62.4||AR 219 north (3rd Street) to I-40|
|Altus||43.7||70.3||AR 179 south (Carbon Plant Road)|
|44.0||70.8||AR 186 (St. Mary's Mountain Road) – Wiederkehr Village, Denning|
|Johnson||Coal Hill||51.2||82.4||AR 164 east – Hunt|
|Clarksville||60.7||97.7||AR 109 south – Scranton, Subiaco Academy, Mount Magazine State Park|
|61.6||99.1||I-40 – Fort Smith, Little Rock||I-40 exit 55|
|62.4||100.4||AR 352 west|
|65.0||104.6||AR 103 north (College Avenue) – University of the Ozarks||West end of AR 103 overlap|
|65.4||105.3||AR 103 south (Rogers Street)||East end of AR 103 overlap|
|66.4||106.9||AR 21 north – Ozone|
|Lamar||67.9||109.3||AR 123 south (Eureka Road)||West end of AR 123 overlap|
|69.8||112.3||AR 123 north – Hagarville||East end of AR 123 overlap|
|70.1||112.8||AR 359 north|
|72.0||115.9||I-40 – Little Rock, Fort Smith||I-40 exit 64|
|Knoxville||74.5||119.9||AR 315 north to I-40|
|Piney||AR 359 north – Piney Bay Recreation Area|
|Pope||London||82.3||132.4||AR 333 to I-40|
|84.8||136.5||AR 333 – Arkansas Nuclear One|
|To I-40||I-40 exit 78|
|Russellville||87.6||141.0||AR 326 east (Lake Front Drive) to I-40||West end of AR 326 overlap|
|87.8||141.3||AR 326 west (Marina Road) – Lake Dardanelle State Park||East end of AR 326 overlap|
|90.6||145.8||AR 7 (Arkansas Avenue) to I-40 – Arkansas Tech University|
|91.4||147.1||AR 7T south (Knoxville Avenue)|
|92.2||148.4||AR 326 east (Weir Road)|
|92.4||148.7||AR 331 south (Elmira Avenue) – Airport||West end of AR 331 overlap|
|92.9||149.5||AR 331 north to I-40||East end of AR 331 overlap|
|96.9||155.9||AR 247 south / AR 363 north to I-40 – Dardanelle|
|Atkins||102.6||165.1||AR 105 north (North Church Street) to I-40|
|102.7||165.3||AR 105 south (Avenue Two Southeast) – Lake Atkins|
|Conway||||To I-40 / Fish Lake Road|
|||109.2||175.7||AR 113 south|
|Morrilton||115.9||186.5||AR 95 north / AR 113 (Division Street) – Morrilton Depot Museum|
|116.2||187.0||AR 9B north (St. Joseph Street) – U of A Community College Morrilton|
|117.4||188.9||AR 9 to I-40 – Solgohachia, Perryville||interchange|
|Plumerville||121.9||196.2||AR 92 north (Springfield Street) to I-40 – Springfield|
|Faulkner||Conway||130.5||210.0||AR 319 south – Cadron Settlement Park|
|134.2||216.0||I-40 (via US 64S) / Salem Road – Fort Smith, Little Rock|
|134.9||217.1||AR 25 north – Wooster|
|135.6||218.2||US 65B north to I-40 – Little Rock, Harrison||West end of US 65B overlap|
|136.3||219.4||Siebenmorgen Road (AR 266) / Markham Street||roundabout|
|136.8||220.2||US 65B south (Harkrider Street) / Oak Street – Central Baptist College, Conway Business District||East end of US 65B overlap|
|137.6||221.4||I-40 – Fort Smith, Little Rock||I-40 exit 127|
|Hamlet||144.4||232.4||AR 36 north – Mount Vernon|
|US 64B east|
|||US 64B west|
|White||||157.1||252.8||AR 5 – El Paso, Jacksonville|
|Beebe||168.7||271.5||Future I-57 / US 67 south / US 167 south / US 67B north – Beebe, Little Rock||interchange; West end of US 67 / US 167 overlap; US 64 west follows exit 28|
|see US 67|
|Bald Knob||196.1||315.6||Future I-57 / US 67 north / US 167 north to AR 367 – Newport, St. Louis, Batesville, Lyon College, U of A Community College - Batesville||interchange; East end of US 67 / US 167 overlap; US 64 east follows exit 55|
|196.4||316.1||AR 367 south – Judsonia|
|Woodruff||Augusta||208.5||335.5||US 64B east / AR 33B south (North 5th Street) – Business District|
|208.8||336.0||AR 33 north – Newport|
|209.6||337.3||US 64B west – Augusta Business District|
|||210.0||338.0||AR 33 south – Des Arc, Cache River NWR|
|Patterson||216.4||348.3||US 64B east / AR 17 south – Patterson, Brinkley||West end of AR 17 overlap|
|McCrory||218.4||351.5||AR 17 north / AR 145 south – Newport, McCrory||East end of AR 17 overlap|
|||221.7||356.8||US 64B west – McCrory|
|||224.3||361.0||AR 269 north to AR 37||West end of AR 269 overlap|
|Morton||224.8||361.8||AR 269 south||East end of AR 269 overlap|
|Cross||Fair Oaks||US 49 south – Brinkley||West end of US 49 overlap|
|US 49 north – Jonesboro||East end of US 49 overlap|
|Central||234.0||376.6||AR 193 south to AR 284|
|||234.9||378.0||AR 193 north to AR 42|
|||239.6||385.6||AR 350 south to AR 284|
|Wynne||242.0||389.5||US 64S south / AR 1 north – Jonesboro, Harrisburg||West end of AR 1 overlap|
|242.6||390.4||AR 1 south (Falls Boulevard) – Wynne, Forrest City||East end of AR 1 overlap|
|||246.1||396.1||US 64B west / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. – Village Creek State Park|
|Levesque||246.7||397.0||AR 163 south|
|246.8||397.2||AR 163 north / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. – Birdeye, Lake Poinsett State Park|
|||254.9||410.2||AR 75 north – Marked Tree||West end of AR 75 overlap|
|Parkin||256.1||412.2||AR 75 south – Parkin Business District||East end of AR 75 overlap|
|256.2||412.3||AR 184 east – Parkin Archaeological State Park|
|257.3||414.1||US 64B west – Parkin Business District|
|Crittenden||||259.7||417.9||US 64B east – Earle|
|Earle||261.1||420.2||AR 184 west|
|261.4||420.7||AR 149 (Barton Street) – Marked Tree, Earle|
|262.4||422.3||US 64B west / AR 118 east to AR 42|
|||270.4||435.2||US 64B east / AR 50 – Crawfordsville|
|||271.4||436.8||US 64B west – Crawfordsville|
|||273.0||439.4||AR 147 south – Lehi|
|Marion||277.6||446.8||AR 118 south (College Boulevard) to I-40|
|278.3||447.9||I-55 north (US 61 north / US 63 north) / US 64 east – Marion, Sunset, Blytheville||West end of I-55 / US 61 / US 63 overlap; US 64 west follows exit 10|
|||289.4||465.7||I-55 south / US 61 south / US 64 east / US 70 east / US 79 north – Memphis||Tennessee state line (Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- List of bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Crawford County, Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Conway County, Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Franklin County, Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Johnson County, Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Pope County, Arkansas
- Special routes of U.S. Route 64, six special routes of US 64 exist in Arkansas
- "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- Map of Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas (Map) (January 2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- General Highway Map - Sebastian County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (5/10/10 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- General Highway Map - Crawford County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (5/10/10 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- General Highway Map - Franklin County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (1/3/11 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- Map of Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (May 2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- General Highway Map - Johnson County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (2/8/11 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- "Vilonia bypass to open Monday". Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
- "Mapping - Tourist Maps". www.arkansashighways.com. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
- Christ, Mark K. (June 5, 2015). "Memphis to Little Rock Road". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Little Rock: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Old US 64, Menifee Segment (#06000071)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Old US 64, Scotia Segment (#07000959)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Old U.S. 64-Van Buren Segment (#09001242)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Johnson County Line-Ozark-Crawford County Line Road, Altus Segment (#10000033)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – U.S. 64 Horsehead Creek Bridge (#14000792)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Arkansas Highway History and Architecture Multiple Property Submission (#64500014)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "National Register Information System – Historic Bridges of Arkansas Multiple Property Submission (#64500021)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "NRHP nomination for Old US 64-Van Buren Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- "NRHP nomination for Johnson County Line-Ozark-Crawford County Line Road, Altus Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "NRHP nomination for US 64 Horsehead Creek Bridge" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
- "NRHP nomination for Old US 64, Scotia Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
- "NRHP nomination for Old US 64, Menifee Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
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