|Length:||16 mi (26 km)|
|CCW end:||I-30 / US 59 W. of Texarkana|
|I-30 E. of Texarkana|
|CW end:||US 59 / US 71|
- "I-130" redirects here. I-130 is also a United States immigration form to petition for an alien relative.
The Loop is a beltway around Texarkana, a twin city in the U.S. states of Arkansas and Texas, running about 16 miles (26 km). Consisting of Highway 549 and Highway 245 - sometimes called Loop 245 - in Arkansas, and Loop 151 and a section of I-369 and U.S. Highway 59 in Texas, it forms a three-quarter loop around the east, south and west sides of the city. (Interstate 30 completes the circle on the north side.) Except for a portion of Highway 245 where it meets I-30 at a diamond interchange east of Texarkana, the Loop is built to freeway standards.
The south side is bisected by State Line Avenue, which runs north–south along the state line. The whole half in Arkansas is Highway 245; US 59 intersects the Loop near the southwest corner, and so only the south side in Texas is Loop 151. Old US 59 into Texarkana - Lake Drive - is now State Highway 93.
North of the junction with Highway 549 and U.S. Highway 71, Highway 245 is part of the north–south Corridor, a planned extension of Interstate 49 north to Kansas City. (This extension will also include Highway 549.) The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department submitted this piece, as well as its continuation west to the state line, as Interstate 130 (I-130) in fall 2000. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials denied the part from US 71 west to Texas, as "the state of Texas has not submitted a companion application for a suitable terminus in Texas", but the piece from US 71 north to I-30 was approved on December 8, 2000 as Future I-130. Once it is upgraded to Interstate standards and added to the Interstate Highway System by the Federal Highway Administration, it will be signed as I-130.
Arkansas is using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to pave the final segment of future I-130, from the Arkansas Boulevard interchange to a new freeway-to-freeway interchange with I-30. Once this section is opened, the only remaining requirement to become I-130 will be upgrading the at-grade intersection with 19th Street to a full interchange; the right-of-way for this was reserved years ago. However, with I-49 also pending completion between Texarkana and Shreveport, Louisiana (including a segment in Arkansas also being built with ARRA funds), it is unknown at this point if it will become I-130 before being formally incorporated into I-49.
Loop 151 connects Highway 245 to US 59. Along with the south leg of Highway 245, it is the newest part of the Loop.
- Note: A former, unrelated state highway also bearing the Loop 151 designation in Denison was redesignated as State Highway 75-A in 1946, and is now part of State Highway 91.
I-369 and US 59 forms the final leg of the loop, from Lake Drive to Interstate 30. This section, known officially as Jarvis Parkway, also crosses West 7th Street (U.S. Highway 67) and New Boston Road (U.S. Highway 82).
Clockwise (CW) reads down and counterclockwise (CCW) reads up.
|Future I-49||Continuation into Texas|
|Exit 42: U.S. 71 – Texarkana, Ogden, Fort Smith||At-grade Intersection - Northern terminus of Arkansas 549 at State Line Road - Border between Arkansas (below/east) and Texas (above/west)|
|Exit 41: CR 23/Sanderson Lane|
|Exit 37A-B: I-30 – Little Rock, Dallas|
|Exit 35: Arkansas Boulevard/Loop 245 to U.S. 67 – Texarkana, Hope|
|Exit Closed:||(NOTE: This exit was closed on April 30th, For U.S. 67 - Hope (Traffic can use Exit 32 or 35))|
|Exit 32: 19th Street to U.S. 67|
|Exit 32: U.S. 82 (9th Street)|
|Exit 31: Hwy 196 (Genoa Road) – Genoa|
|Exit 29: U.S. 71 – Texarkana, Shreveport|
|Exit 1: Hwy 549 south – Shreveport||Future I-49 Arkansas 549 Overlap|
|South State Line Avenue||Border between Arkansas (above/east) and Texas (below/west)|
|FM 558 (Buchanan Road)|
|FM 3527 (Leopard Drive)||CW exit and CCW entrance|
|U.S. 59 south / SH 93 north (Lake Drive), Leopard Drive (FM 3527) – Atlanta, Houston||Start of I-369|
|Frontage Road||CCW exit and CW entrance|
|U.S. 67 (7th Street)|
|Westlawn Drive – Wake Village|
|U.S.82 (New Boston Road) – New Boston|
|FM 559 (Richmond Road)||CW exit and CCW entrance|
|I-30; U.S. 59 north – Little Rock, Dallas||CW exit and CCW entrance; end of I-369|
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Report of the Special Committee on Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways, Saturday, December 9, 2000
- Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Interstate 130 to be designated in Arkansas, January 2001
- AHTD list of ARRA projects (Though both are labeled "Hwy. 71" here, as described #030325 is Hwy. 245/future I-130 & I-49, while #030354 is Hwy. 549/future I-49.)