Arkansas Highway 10

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Highway 10 marker

Highway 10
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 135.41 mi[1] (217.92 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: SH-120, Oklahoma state line
  US 71 – Greenwood
Hwy. 7 / Hwy. 28 – Ola
Hwy. 9
I‑430 – Little Rock
East end: I‑30, Little Rock
Location
Counties: Logan, Perry, Pulaski, Sebastian, Yell
Highway system
Hwy. 9 Hwy. 11

Arkansas Highway 10 is an east–west state highway in West Arkansas. The route runs 135.41 miles (217.92 km) from Oklahoma State Highway 120 near Hackett east to Interstate 30 in Little Rock, the state's capitol.[2] The highway serves both the Fort Smith metropolitan area and the Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway metropolitan area.

Aside from Little Rock in Pulaski County, the highway also passes through county seats in four other Arkansas counties — Greenwood, Sebastian County; Booneville, Logan County; Danville, Yell County; and Perryville, Perry County. Mount Magazine, Arkansas's highest point, lies just to the north of the highway, as does the adjoining Mount Magazine State Park. Arkansas 10 also passes through a portion of the Ozark National Forest and parallel to the Petit Jean River, Petit Jean Wildlife Management Area and Lake Maumelle — a chief source of water for residents in the Little Rock metropolitan area.

Route description[edit]

Fort Chaffee serves as a training facility for National Guard and Army Reserve units.

The route begins at Oklahoma State Highway 120 and runs east to Hackett. AR 10 intersects AR 45 in Hackett, and continues east to Greenwood. AR 10 passes through downtown Greenwood, passing the lone AR 10 spur route and the Old Sebastian County Jail, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The highway leaves town and passes Fort Chaffee on its way to Logan County.[2] In Booneville, the route intersects the scenic AR 23 near the Bank of Booneville Building and Farmers and Merchants Bank-Masonic Lodge. AR 10 also passes the Booneville Municipal Airport before entering Magazine.[4] The highway passes by the historic Magazine City Hall-Jail and intersects AR 109 in Magazine before entering Yell County.[5]

AR 10 runs on this bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad in Little Rock. It was built in 1928.
AR 10 runs near the historic Little Rock City Hall.

AR 10 begins to cover mountainous terrain, passing Havana, Belleville, and the Danville Municipal Airport. Highway 10 intersects Arkansas Highway 27 in Danville and AR7/AR 28 in Ola. In Perry County, AR 10 continues through mountainous terrain and small towns Cass and Adona before forming a southerly concurrency with Arkansas Highway 9. AR 9/AR 10 run together pas Lake Harris Brake on to Perryville, past the Perry County Courthouse and south to Williams Junction, where AR 10 turns east to Little Rock.[6]

Arkansas Highway 10 enters Pulaski County, passing Lake Maumelle and Pinnacle Mountain State Park before entering the city, becoming Cantrell Road.[7] The far western portions of Cantrell Road in recent years have been the site for increased commercial development in Little Rock, including the controversial 2004 opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter near upscale residential communities immediately south of the highway in Chenal Valley. In the portion between Interstate 430 in the west and downtown in the east, Arkansas 10/Cantrell Road (as classified by the regional governmental council, Metroplan) is a primary traffic artery for northern Little Rock including the upper part of the Pulaski Heights section of the city, and is one of the most traveled thoroughfares aside from the Interstates in Little Rock. Cantrell Road runs with neighborhoods to the south and parks to the north, passing Arkansas Baptist High School.[8]

The highway intersects Interstate 430 at a Parclo interchange and runs deeper into downtown Little Rock, passing numerous houses on the National Register of Historic Places.[8] Cantrell Road continues past the Jackson Reservoir near the Cammack Village area, crossing University Avenue. AR 10 proceeds east past the Arkansas State Capitol along the Arkansas River and underneath Broadway St, becoming LaHarpe Boulevard in downtown.[8] The route uses one block of Cumberland Street, then continues as an extended on-ramp to I-30 near The Tavern and William J. Clinton Presidential Library where it ends.[8]

History[edit]

Arkansas Highway 10 was one of the original 1926 state highways.
View from Arkansas' highest point, Mount Magazine.

AR 10 was one of the original 1926 Arkansas State Highways, and remains very close to that routing today. The highway roughly parallels US 64 and Interstate 40 for its entire length, both approximately 20 miles (32 km) to AR 10's north until their convergence in Little Rock. Even in 1926, however, US 64 was constructed to higher standards than AR 10, making US 64 always the more feasible route for travelers from Fort Smith to the state capitol. AR 10 remains the "scenic path" from Fort Smith, passing through the Ouachita Mountains at a slower pace than the bustling four-lane limited-access highway.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Oklahoma state line 0 0 Road begins at Oklahoma State Highway 120
Sebastian Hackett 1.4 2.3 Hwy. 45 south
1.8 2.9 Hwy. 45 north
Excelsior 7.3 11.7 Hwy. 253 south
Greenwood 9.0 14.5 US 71
11.1 17.9 Hwy. 10S (W Center St)
12.2 19.6 Hwy. 96 north AR 96 southern terminus
  21.2 34.1 Hwy. 252 south AR 252 northern terminus
Logan Glendale 28.6 46.0 Hwy. 60 west
Booneville 32.2 51.8 Hwy. 23 (N Broadway Ave)
34.6 55.7 Hwy. 197 south (Toy Plant Rd) AR 197 northern terminus
34.9 56.2 Hwy. 116 north AR 116 southern terminus
Magazine 39.0 62.8 Hwy. 109 north (N Garland St)
39.1 62.9 Hwy. 109 south (S Revelle St)
Yell Waveland 49.5 79.7 Hwy. 309 south
Havana 55.8 89.8 Hwy. 309 north (Main St)
Belleville 60.6 97.5 Hwy. 307 north (Main) AR 307 southern terminus
Danville 64.2 103.3 Hwy. 27 north
65.0 104.6 Hwy. 27 south
Ola 76.1 122.5 Hwy. 7 / Hwy. 28 north (4th St)
0.3 miles (0.48 km) concurrency south with Hwy. 7 / Hwy. 28
0 0 Hwy. 7 south / Hwy. 28
Perry Casa 9.6 15.4 Hwy. 155 north AR 155 southern terminus
Adona 17.0 27.4 Hwy. 324 north AR 324 southern terminus
Perry 25.3 40.7 Hwy. 9 north AR 9 concurrency begins
10.3 miles (16.6 km) concurrency south with Hwy. 9
Williams Junction 0 0 Hwy. 9 south AR 9 concurrency ends
Pulaski   7.2 11.6 Hwy. 113 north AR 113 southern terminus
Little Rock 18.8 30.3 Hwy. 300 north AR 300 southern terminus
25.3 40.7 I‑430 Parclo interchange
34.0 54.7 I‑30 – Texarkana eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Greenwood spur[edit]

Highway 10S
Location: Greenwood
Length: 3.07 mi (4.94 km)
Existed: Mid-1960–present

Highway 10 Spur is a spur route of 3.07 miles (4.94 km) in Sebastian County, Arkansas.[1] Its western terminus is at U.S. Route 71 just west of Greenwood. Its eastern terminus is at Arkansas Highway 10 near downtown Greenwood. Until the mid-1960s, this road was part of the original alignment of U.S. 71.

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Sebastian County, Arkansas (Map) (5/10/10 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/SebastianCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Logan County, Arkansas (Map) (2/12/02 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/LoganCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Yell County, Arkansas (Map) (8/27/02 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/YellCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Perry County, Arkansas (Map) (1/4/08 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PerryCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Pulaski County, Arkansas (Map) (8/1/09 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PulaskiCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Map of the City of Little Rock, Arkansas (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/cities/littlerock_city.pdf. Retrieved April 14, 2011.