Arkansas Highway 112

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Highway 112 marker

Highway 112
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 25.84 mi[1] (41.59 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: Hwy. 265 in Fayetteville
  US 71 in Fayetteville
Hwy. 16 in Fayetteville
I‑49 / US 62 / US 71 in Fayetteville
US 412 in Tontitown
North end: Hwy. 12 in Bentonville
Location
Counties: Washington, Benton
Highway system
Hwy. 111 Hwy. 113

Highway 112 (AR 112, Ark. 112, and Hwy. 112) is a north–south state highway in Northwest Arkansas. The route of 25.84 miles (41.59 km) runs from Highway 265 north through Fayetteville, across Interstate 49/US 62/US 71 (I-49/US 62/US 71) to Highway 12 in Bentonville.[2][3] The route serves the University of Arkansas, and thus a portion is named Razorback Road.[4]

Route description[edit]

Garland Avenue runs through the north end of the University of Arkansas campus.

The route begins at the northern end of Cato Springs Road under the I-49 overpass in south Fayetteville. The route runs briefly north with access to U.S. Highway 71 (US 71) with AR 265 before AR 265 becomes Cato Springs Road again and continues east. AR 112 continues north as Razorback Road and runs north to run concurrently with AR 16, starting near Baum Stadium and continuing until AR 180 (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). AR 112 continues through the University of Arkansas campus, passing John McDonnell Field and Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

After the stadium, AR 112 turns east and becomes West Maple Street and passes Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the Pat Walker Health Center. The highway turns north and becomes Garland Avenue, which is a median-divided highway until Highway 112S/Wedington Drive/North Street. The medians were added in 2009 after contention from the City of Fayetteville and residents. Ultimately, it was decided to have one continuous median that becomes a turn lane, with separate bike lanes on both sides.[5] AR 112 continues north through Fayetteville, intersecting Wedington Drive just north of campus. The route continues as an important artery through the city, crossing I-49/US 62/US 71 south of the Fayetteville Teardrop (I-49 exit 67). AR 112 runs north or the expressway to Tontitown as Maestri Road, intersecting US 412 in Tontitown before entering Benton County.

AR 112 runs north in a brief concurrency with AR 264 in Cave Springs before entering Bentonville and terminating at AR 12 near the Bentonville Regional Airport.

Major intersections[edit]

Highway 112 south of the junction with MLK Blvd.
County Location Mile[2][3] km Destinations Notes
Washington Fayetteville 0.00 0.00 Hwy. 265 south (Cato Springs Rd.) Southern terminus, Hwy. 265 northern terminus
0.12 0.19 US 71 to I‑49 north Access to I-49 northbound only via US 71 northbound
0.91 1.46 Hwy. 16 east (W. 15th Street) Hwy. 16 concurrency begins
1.46 2.35 Hwy. 16 west / Hwy. 180 (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) Hwy. 16 concurrency ends
3.17 5.10 Hwy. 112S west (W. Wedington Drive/North Street) Hwy. 112S eastern terminus
5.21 8.38 I‑49 / US 62 / US 71 I-49 exit 66
Tontitown 11.14 17.93 US 412 (Henri De Tonti Blvd.)
Benton Cave Springs 20.15–
20.52
32.43–
33.02
Hwy. 264 Hwy. 264 concurrency
Bentonville 25.84 41.59 Hwy. 12 (SW Regional Airport Blvd.) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Fayetteville spur[edit]

Wedington Drive begins at I-49 and cuts into the Ozarks.

Highway 112S
Location: Fayetteville
Length: 1.46 mi (2.35 km)
Existed: 1971–present

Highway 112 Spur (AR 112S, Ark. 112S, and Hwy. 112S) is a 1.46-mile-long (2.35 km) highway in Fayetteville.[2] Locally known as Wedington Drive, its western terminus is at Interstate 49 with the road continuing west as Highway 16 towards Siloam Springs. Its eastern terminus is at Highway 112 with the road continuing east as North Street in Fayetteville, which eventually intersects Highway 45. The route was listed in the 2006 AHTD needs study as needing to be widened to four lanes.[6] The highway is now entirely four lane.

History[edit]

Arkansas Highway 112 was one of the original 1926 state highways.

Arkansas Highway 112 was one of the original 1926 state highways.[7] The original AR 112 was unpaved and ran 2.2 miles (3.5 km) from Arkansas Highway 16 in Fayetteville north to an area south of Johnson. The route was paved in 1948, and extended north to Bentonville in 1951.[8] The Cave Springs to AR 12 segment was paved at the time of addition, with the entire length becoming paved by 1956. Arkansas Highway 112S was created in 1971 from a segment of Arkansas Highway 16.

The route was truncated to its current northern terminus in February 2012, the route formerly continued along Highway 12 and US 71B to terminate at Highway 72 in Bentonville.[3]

Future[edit]

Plans are underway to expand AR 112 to four lanes through the University of Arkansas campus. The project would be completed in summer sections when the student population has decreased, with the first portion for completion being widening from AR 180 north to Leroy Pond Drive. Right of way has already been obtained from the University for this part of the project. The segment of Highway 112 between Wedington Drive and Melmar Street is in the process of being widened to four lanes via transportation bond program funds.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planning and Research Division (March 28, 2012). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (MBD). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (February 6, 2012) (PDF). General Highway Map, Washington County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/WashingtonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (December 13, 2011) (PDF). General Highway Map, Benton County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/BentonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Google. Google Maps (Map). http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl. Retrieved April 13, 2009.
  5. ^ Robbins, Mary (August 5, 2009). "Council reaffirms support for Garland Ave medians". Fayetteville Flyer. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2006 Arkansas State Highway Needs Study and Highway Improvement Plan." Arkansas State Highway and Transhportation Department. Page 66. Improvement Plan. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  7. ^ [Arkansas] State Highway Department. Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1926.tif. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  8. ^ Arkansas State Highway Commission. Official Map of Arkansas (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1952.tif. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  9. ^ "Resolution to Express the Agreement of the City Council to Accept the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Offer to Complete the Highway 112 (Garland Avenue) Widening and Improvement Project (North to Melmar) if the City Transfers its Garland Avenue Commitment to the Highway 112 and Hwy 71B Interchange Project Scheduled for 2013" (PDF). City of Fayetteville. January 18, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2012.