Arkansas Highway 226

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Highway 226 marker

Highway 226
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Existed: 1958 – present
Section 1
Length: 2.38 mi[1] (3.83 km)
West end: CR 278
East end: Hwy. 37
Section 2
Length: 25.28 mi (40.68 km)
West end: US 67 / Hwy. 367
East end: Future I‑555 / US 63 / Hwy. 18, Jonesboro
Highway system
Hwy. 225 Hwy. 227

Arkansas Highway 226 is a designation for two state highways in northeast Arkansas. The main segment of 25.28 miles (40.68 km) runs east from an intersection of U.S. Route 67/Arkansas Highway 367 to future I-555/US 63/AR 18 in Jonesboro.[1][2] A short route of 2.38 miles (3.83 km) runs in rural Jackson County west of Tuckerman.[3]

Route description[edit]

Western Jackson County[edit]

AR 226 runs east from Jackson CR 278 to cross AR 17 to AR 37, where it terminates.

Swifton to Jonesboro[edit]

The route then runs due east near Swifton through AR 18 in Cash, also meeting AR 349 near Jonesboro. Highway 226 winds into Jonesboro, meeting US 63/AR 18 and terminating. US 67 traffic is currently routed onto AR 226 while the AHTD continues to build US 67 to interstate standards. The limited access portion of US 67 currently ends at AR 226 between Cash and Swifton, and AR 226 is being used to redirect traffic from the new route to the old alignment.[4] The route is two-lane undivided for most of its length, passing through flat, square farmland.

In 2012, construction was completed that widened four miles of the highway to a four-lane divided facility from the highway's intersection with U.S. 67 to just west of Cash.[5] This was the first section of a larger plan that will ultimately widen Highway 226 to four lanes divided from U.S. 67 to U.S. 49 near Gibson.[6] Once completed, this widening project will give motorists a four-lane, divided route the entire length from Little Rock to Jonesboro.

History[edit]

The route became a state highway in 1958, running from an area south of Swifton east to Gibson. AR 226 was later extended to Jonesboro, including a concurrency with Arkansas Highway 39 (now US 49). When US 49 replaced AR 39 around 1980, AR 226 was split into its current alignment and AR 226S. The short Jackson County segment was added to the system in 1996.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Jackson   0 0 CR 278 western terminus
  1.0 1.6 Hwy. 18
  2.4 3.9 Hwy. 37 eastern terminus
AR 226 short segment ends, AR 226 main segment begins at U.S. Route 67/Arkansas Highway 367
  0 0 US 67 north / Hwy. 367 south western terminus (temporary concurrency with US 67)
  1.4 2.3 Hwy. 224
Craighead   7.4 11.9 US 67 south (temporary concurrency with US 67)
Cash 12.3 19.8 Hwy. 18
  19.3 31.1 Hwy. 349 north AR 349 southern terminus
Jonesboro 21.0 33.8 Hwy. 226S south (Wood Springs Rd) to US 49 AR 139 southern terminus
25.5 41.0 I‑555 (future) / US 63 / Hwy. 18 (Joe N Martin Expy) eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Jonesboro spur[edit]

Highway 226S
Location: Jonesboro
Length: 1.03 mi (1.66 km)
Existed: 1980–present

Arkansas Highway 226 Spur is a spur route in Jonesboro. Known locally as Wood Springs Road, the routes is1.03 miles (1.66 km) in length.[7]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Jonesboro, Craighead County.

Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
0 0 Hwy. 226 northern terminus
1.0 1.6 US 49 (Southwest Dr) southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Craighead County, Arkansas (Map) (11/12/2009 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/CraigheadCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Jackson County, Arkansas (Map) (10/21/2010 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/JacksonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Route and Section Map - Jackson County, Arkansas (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mjack_ras.pdf. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  5. ^ See AHTD Information release at http://www.arkansashighways.com/news/2010/AHC027_CRAIGHEAD.pdf, accessed 5-30-2013
  6. ^ See AHTD Information Release at http://www.arkansashighways.com/news/2010/104.pdf, accessed 5-30-2013.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Map of Jonesboro, Craighead County (Map) (October 30, 2006 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/16jone.tif. Retrieved May 10, 2011.