Arkansas Highway 180

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Highway 180 marker

Highway 180
Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 1.65 mi[1] (2.66 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑49 / US 62 / US 71 / Hwy. 16 in Fayetteville
East end: US 71B in Fayetteville
Location
Counties: Washington
Highway system
Hwy. 179 Hwy. 181

Highway 180 (AR 180, Ark. 180, Hwy. 180, also officially Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) is a state highway of 1.65 miles (2.66 km) in Fayetteville.[2] The route begins at Interstate 49/US 62/US 71/Highway 16 and runs east through Fayetteville to US 71 Business. Highway 180 is designated as part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail as well as Arkansas Heritage Trails designations as the Butterfield Trail, Trail of Tears (Benge Route), and Civil War Trails (Herron's Approach).[3][4][5]

Route description[edit]

AR 180 eastbound just after its intersection with Razorback Road.

Highway 180 begins at US 62 just underneath the Interstate 49/US 62/US 71/AR 16 overpass in western Fayetteville. It continues east with Highway 16 until a junction with Highway 112, when Highway 16 turns south with Highway 112. Highway 180 continues east past the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville High School, and the Fayetteville National Cemetery to terminate at US 71 Business (South School Avenue). The roadway continues east as Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive. The route is entirely four lane, with a center left-turn lane.[1]

History[edit]

As early as 1930, the road was named Wall Street in the city limits of Fayetteville.[6] The road later became 6th Street. Between 1971 and 1989 this road was designated US 62 Business.[7]

On January 15, 2009, Fayetteville renamed Sixth Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The ceremony took place at the Razorback Road intersection at the entrance to the University of Arkansas.[8] Most Fayetteville businesses on the road still claim 6th Street, and many residents and university students continue to call the road 6th Street over two years after the change.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Fayetteville, Washington County.

Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 I‑49 / US 71 / US 62 / Hwy. 16 west Western terminus, begin overlap with Hwy. 16
0.76 1.22 Hwy. 112 / Hwy. 16 east (Razorback Road) End Hwy. 16 overlap
1.65 2.66 US 71B Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former routes[edit]

Highway 180
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Length: 1.5 mi[9] (2.4 km)
Existed: c. 1940–1990s

Arkansas Highway 180 was a state highway of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in Fayetteville. Its original location was along Assembly Road and Skyline Drive where it circled around Mount Sequoyah and returned to its single terminus of Highway 45. This segment was dropped from the state highway system in the early 1990s.[9]

Highway 180
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Length: 1.8 mi[9] (2.9 km)
Existed: c. 1940–2008

Arkansas Highway 180 was a state highway of 1.8 miles (2.9 km) in Fayetteville.[9] The route began at U.S. Route 71 Business in Fayetteville and followed Township Road, Gregg Ave and Drake Street before ending at AR 112. In the 1990s this segment was extended north along Gregg Ave and ended at a spur of U.S. 71 Business on the north end of Fayetteville. This segment was dropped from the state highway system in 2008 following the widening of Gregg Ave.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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 Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (December 22, 2011) (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 April 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "Butterfield Overland Mail Trail in Arkansas". Butterfield Trail. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Benge Route". Trail of Tears. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Prairie Grove Campaign". Civil War Trails. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Arkansas State Highway Commission. Official Highway Service Map (Map) (March 1930 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1930.tif. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Business U.S. Highways." Website. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "Fayetteville's 6th Street Renamed MLK Blvd." KHBS. Posted January 15, 2009, updated January 16, 2009. Article. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c d "1988 Washington County, Arkansas Map." Arkansas State Highway Department. Map. Retrieved November 3, 2010.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing