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U.S. Route 67 in Arkansas

U.S. Route 67 is a U.S. highway running from Presidio, Texas northeast to Sabula, Iowa. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 279.15 miles (449.25 km) from the Texas border in Texarkana northeast to the Missouri border near Corning.[1] The route passes through several cities and towns, including Hope, Benton, Little Rock, Jacksonville, Cabot, Beebe, Walnut Ridge, and Pocahontas.

U.S. Highway 67 marker

U.S. Highway 67
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length279.15 mi[1] (449.25 km)
Major junctions
South end US 67 / US 82 in Texarkana at Texas state line
 
North end US 67 near Corning at Missouri state line
Highway system
AR 66AR 69

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

U.S. Route 67 runs parallel to Interstate 30 from Texarkana to Benton, where it then runs concurrent with I-30 to North Little Rock. It then runs east, concurrent with I-40, for about 2 miles (3.2 km) then branches off to the northeast as a freeway to US 412 in Walnut Ridge.[2]

Just north of US 412, the freeway ends at a large, partially complete interchange, and US 67 becomes a five-lane undivided highway north to Pocahontas. From Pocahontas, the road turns northeasterly as a two-lane highway to Corning on a concurrency with US 62, then turns north again and crosses into Missouri.

HistoryEdit

 
Original trace of the Southwest Trail, precursor to U.S. Route 67 in the area.

The southwest-northeast bisector of Arkansas has always been an integral motor route.[3] Prior to designation as US 67, the route was known as the Southwest Trail, an old military road around 1803.[3] The Southwest Trail connected St. Louis, Missouri with Texas by steamboat in Fulton, Arkansas.[4] The main railroad was built along the Southwest Trail, which developed many towns along the route. President Andrew Jackson appropriated money for the route in 1831, and designated it as a National Road. Although the route shifted slightly, it always has followed the natural break between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.

Money for road maintenance was raised individually by county in the early 20th century, which hindered development of the route.[3] In the 1920s, federal money became available, and the route was designated U.S. Route 67. The routing followed the Lakes to Gulf Highway and the Bankhead Highway. Federal designation brought paving to the route, which grew the small towns along the route.

In early 2009, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill naming the portion of US-67 from the Missouri state line to Jackson County "Rock n' Roll U.S. 67" as a tribute to the route that many musicians of the 1950s and 1960s took as they traveled. Governor Mike Beebe stated that he had hopes that the naming would bring tourism to northeast Arkansas. Portions of the route, and also Arkansas Highway 7 between Hope and Hot Springs frequently used by Bill Clinton is designated The Highway of Hope by Arkansas Code § 27-67-220.

National Register of Historic PlacesEdit

Several portions of the original late 1920s alignment of US 67 have survived, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One listed segment is in Lawrence County, which is about 11.25 miles (18.11 km) in length, and runs north from Alicia to Hoxie, most of this being sandwiched between the present Arkansas Highway 367 and US 67, and the adjacent railroad tracks. Near the village of Village Creek Relief it briefly turns west, crossing Village Creek, and then rejoining the railroad tracks near the town of Relief.[5] A second listed segment, also about 11 miles (18 km) in length, extends from Biggers in central eastern Randolph County, northeast to Datto in Clay County, and then straight north to a junction with Arkansas Highway 211.[6]

MandevilleEdit

Listed on the NRHP as Old US 67, Mandeville, a historic roadway section of US 67 is preserved in Miller County, Arkansas. It travels parallel to railroad tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad for 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from an intersection with Highway 237, just north of the Texarkana Airport, northeast to Miller County Road 63. The southern portion of this road is called Mandeville Road, and is designated Arkansas Highway 296. It is eventually redesignated Miller County Road 138, and is an unnamed side road of the current alignment of U.S. Route 67 (US 67) in its northernmost stretch. Built in 1929 out of concrete, it is the longest stretch of original pavement on the Old US 67 alignment in Miller County.[7]

The roadway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[8]

FutureEdit

Arkansas is upgrading US 67 to an Interstate-grade freeway from Little Rock to the Missouri state line, and the corridor is slated to become a southern extension of Interstate 57.[9] The freeway currently runs from Little Rock to Walnut Ridge, but it is unknown when and where the freeway north of there to the state line will be constructed.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
MillerTexarkana    US 67 south / US 82 west (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to US 71 north / State Line AvenueTexas state line
  US 71 north (Hazel Street) – Texarkana Business DistrictSouth end of US 71 overlap
  US 71 south (Hickory Street)North end of US 71 overlap
  US 82 east (East 9th Street)North end of US 82 overlap
  AR 245 (now part of I-49)Closed interchange
Arkansas Boulevard / Airport Drive - Airport
   AR 237 south / AR 296 east – Mandeville
Mandeville    AR 296 west to I-30 / US 71
   AR 108 west to I-30
  I-30 west – TexarkanaI-30 exit 12
Red RiverBridge
HempsteadFulton  AR 355 north – Fulton, Millwood Dam
  To I-30 – Little Rock, TexarkanaI-30 exit 18
Guernsey  AR 353 north – Guernsey
Hope  AR 174 south (Fulton Street)
   US 278B west (Hervey Street) to I-30South end of US 278B overlap
  AR 29B south (Main Street)South end of AR 29B overlap
  AR 29B north (Hazel Street)North end of AR 29B overlap
    US 278 / AR 29 (Bill Clinton Drive) to I-30north end of US 278B overlap
  AR 73 south
  AR 174 north
NevadaEmmet   AR 299 north to I-30South end of AR 299 overlap
   AR 299 south to AR 53North end of AR 299 overlap
Prescott  AR 332 west (Washington Road) – De Ann
  US 371 south – Magnoliasouth end of US 371 overlap
    US 371 north / AR 24 east to I-30 – Nashville, Bluff Citynorth end of US 371 overlap
Clark   AR 51 north to I-30 – OkolonaSouth end of AR 51 overlap
  AR 51 south – BeirneNorth end of AR 51 overlap
Gurdon  AR 53 south – Whelen Springs, White Oak Lake State ParkSouth end of AR 53 overlap
  AR 182 west – Okolona
    AR 53 north to I-30 / AR 51North end of AR 53 overlap
  AR 26S – Clark County Industrial Park
Gum Springs   AR 26 (Reynolds Road) to I-30
Arkadelphia    AR 7 south / AR 8 east / AR 51 north (Caddo Street)South end of AR 7 / AR 8 / AR 51 overlap
     AR 8 west / AR 26 west / AR 51 south (Pine Street) to I-30 – Antoine, AmityNorth end of AR 8 / AR 51 overlap
Caddo Valley   AR 7 north to I-30 – Hot Springs, DeGray DamNorth end of AR 7 overlap
Hot SpringFriendship   AR 283 north to I-30
Donaldson    AR 51Y south to AR 51 south / AR 222 – Donaldson Business District
   AR 51 south to AR 222 – Donaldson Business District
Malvern    US 270B west / AR 9 south (South Main Street) to I-30south end of US 270B overlap
   US 270 to I-30 – Hot Springs, Sheridannorth end of US 270B overlap
  AR 171 south
Saline  I-30 / Old Military Road – Texarkana, Little RockI-30 exit 106
Haskell  AR 229 south – Haskell, Traskwood
   I-30 west / AR 229 north – Texarkanasouth end of I-30 overlap; US 67 south follows exit 114
see I-30
PulaskiNorth Little Rock143A    I-40 west / US 65 north / AR 107 north – Conway, Fort SmithNorth end of I-30/US 65 overlap; south end of I-40 overlap; exit number follows I-30; I-40 exit 153B
154North Hills BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance; exit number follows I-40
155  I-40 east – MemphisNorth end of I-40 overlap; exit number based on I-40's mileposts
1McCain BoulevardSigned as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound
Sherwood2Trammel RoadSouthbound access via exit 3
3Wildwood Avenue / Trammel RoadTrammel Rd. not signed northbound; northbound exit includes direct exit ramp to Landers Road north
4  AR 176Y (Brookswood Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
5  AR 176 (Kiehl Avenue)
Jacksonville6  AR 440 – Memphis, Texarkana
8Redmond RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
9Main Street
10AJames Street
10BGregory Streetno access across US 67
11  AR 161 – Air Force BaseAR 161 is signed northbound at exit 10B
Lonoke16    AR 5 / AR 321 / AR 367 – Heber Springs, CabotSigned as exits 16A (AR 321 / AR 367) and exit 16B (AR 5) northbound
Cabot19  AR 89 – Cabot
Austin22  AR 305 – Austin
Ward25  AR 319 – Ward
WhiteBeebe28   US 64 west / US 67B north – Beebe, ConwaySouth end of US 64 overlap
29  AR 367S – Beebe
31   US 67B south / AR 31 – Beebe, Antioch
35  AR 13 – McRae, Garner
Searcy42   US 67B north / AR 367 south – Searcy, Garner
44  AR 367 – Searcy
45  AR 36 west – Searcy
46   US 67B south / AR 36 east – Searcy, Kensett
48  AR 385 – Judsonia
51  AR 157 – Judsonia
54B.K. Lake Road
Bald Knob55   US 64 east / US 167 north – Bald Knob, BatesvilleNorth end of US 64 / US 167 overlap
60Russell
65  AR 87 – Bradford
Jackson69  CR 315 – Possum Grape
Bridge over White River
Ingleside74  AR 224
80  AR 14 – Waldenburg
82  AR 17 – Newport
Newport83  AR 384 – Newport
85  AR 18 – Newport, Grubbs
87  CR 43
95  AR 37 – Tuckerman, Grubbs
Craighead102  AR 226 east – Jonesboro, Cash, Arkansas State University
LawrenceAlicia111    AR 230 to AR 367 / AR 91 – Alicia, Bono
Walnut Ridge121  US 63 south – Hoxie, Jonesboro
  US 412 – Paragould, Walnut RidgeNorth end of freeway
   US 67Y to AR 34
  US 67B south – Walnut Ridge Business District, truck route to US 412 west
RandolphShannon  AR 90 east – O'Kean
Pocahontas  AR 304 east – Sharum, Delaplaine, Black River Technical College
  AR 304N east
Black River Bridge over Black River
  US 62 west – ImbodenSouth end of US 62 overlap
see US 62 (mile 274.1-300.3)
ClayCorning  US 62 east – Business District, PiggottNorth end of US 62 overlap
  AR 328 west – Success
  US 67 north – St. LouisMissouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  2. ^ General Highway Map, Pulaski County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. May 13, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Hanley, Ray (1999). "Introduction". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. LCCN 99-65712.
  4. ^ Hanley, Ray (1999). "Saline County to Miller County: Benton to Texarkana". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. LCCN 99-65712.
  5. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Alicia to Hoxie" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
  6. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Biggers to Datto" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  7. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Mandeville" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  8. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  9. ^ "Boozman provision in appropriations bill paves way for U.S. 67 to become I-57". Retrieved 19 June 2016.


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