Arkansas Highway 31

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Highway 31 marker

Highway 31
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 75.34 mi[1] (121.25 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 79B near Altheimer
  Hwy. 15 near Sherrill
US 165, Coy
US 70, Lonoke
I‑40, Lonoke
US 64 / US 67 / US 167, Beebe
North end: Hwy. 5 near Romance
Location
Counties: Jefferson, Lonoke, White
Highway system
I‑30 Hwy. 32

Arkansas Highway 31 (AR 31, Hwy. 31) is a north–south state highway in Central Arkansas. The route of 75.34 miles (121.25 km) runs from U.S. Route 79B (US 79B) near Pine Bluff[2] north across US 165, US 70, Interstate 40 (I-40)[3] and US 64/US 67/US 167 before terminating at Highway 5 near Romance.[4]

Route description[edit]

The highway begins north of Pine Bluff at US 79B and runs north to intersect Highway 15 near Sherrill.[2] Continuing north of this junction Highway 31 passes the Tucker Unit and passes through farm fields before it enters Lonoke County. The route passes the Walls Farm Barn and Corn Crib, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) north of Tomberlin before it has a short concurrency with US 165 through Coy (a rare officially designated exception[5]).[3] Highway 31 continues north through farmland, intersecting Highway 232 at Blakemore before forming a concurrency with US 70 south of Lonoke.

The US 70/AR 31 overlap continues into downtown Lonoke, ending when Highway 31 turns north along Center Street near the Rock Island Depot and Joe P. Eagle and D. R. Boone Building.[6] Highway 31 serves as the western border of the county courthouse square containing the Lonoke Confederate Monument and Lonoke County Courthouse.[6] The highway continues north to a junction with Highway 89S (3rd Street) before an interchange with Interstate 40 in north Lonoke.[3]

Now running as a major collector of rural routes Highway 31 has a junction with Highway 236 near Woodlawn and the Woodlawn School Building on the NRHP. Minor rural intersections with Highway 321S, Highway 38, and Highway 267 are also south of Beebe.[3][4] Once the route enters Beebe a concurrency forms with US 67B as Main Street, an officially designated exception.[7][8] US 67B/AR 31 passes NRPHP-listed properties Beebe Theater, Staggs-Huffaker Building, Powell Clothing Store, Laws-Jarvis House, and the Smith-Moore House as a narrow two-lane undivided road through Beebe.[1] In north Beebe the concurrency ends at a junction with US 64/US 67/US 167, a fully controlled-access highway.[4]

Highway 31 exits Beebe to the northwest and has junction with Highway 321, Highway 321S, Highway 267 and Highway 267S before entering Antioch.[4] Further northwest of Antioch the highway enters Floyd and passes the NRHP-listed Ackins House, Cotton Gin, and L. D. Hutchinson House on its way to Romance. In Romance Highway 31 intersects a road which leads to the Pence-Carmichael Farm, Barn and Root Cellar before terminating at Highway 5.[4]

History[edit]

Highway 31 was one of the original Arkansas state highways when the system was first numbered in 1926.[9] The route ran from Sherrill north roughly along its current routing, terminating at Beebe.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Jefferson   0.00 0.00 US 79B Southern terminus
  6.02 9.69 Hwy. 15
Lonoke Coy 21.38–
21.89
34.41–
35.23
US 165 (officially designated exception[5])
Blakemore 26.14 42.07 Hwy. 232 east
  38.35 61.72 US 70 east
Lonoke US 70 concurrency north, 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
0.00 0.00 US 70 west (Front Street)
0.16 0.26 Hwy. 89S west (3rd Street)
1.64 2.64 I‑40 – Memphis, Little Rock
  6.51 10.48 Hwy. 236 west
  9.16 14.74 Hwy. 236 east
  11.15 17.94 Hwy. 321S west
  14.20 22.85 Hwy. 38
White   18.21 29.31 Hwy. 267 south
Beebe 20.51–
22.19
33.01–
35.71
US 67B (officially designated exception[8])
22.19 35.71 US 64 / US 67 / US 167 / US 67B south
  22.91 36.87 Hwy. 321 east
  24.30 39.11 Hwy. 321S east
  24.80 39.91 Hwy. 267S north
  25.54 41.10 Hwy. 267 north
  31.57 50.81 Hwy. 305 north
Romance 39.18 63.05 Hwy. 5
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (Database). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (2011) (PDF). General Highway Map, Jefferson County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/JeffersonCounty.pdf. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (2010) (PDF). General Highway Map, Lonoke County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/LonokeCounty.pdf. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (2009) (PDF). General Highway Map, White County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/WhiteCounty.pdf. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (PDF). State Highway Route and Section Map: Lonoke County, Arkansas (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mlono_ras.pdf. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (2005) (PDF). Lonoke, Arkansas (Map). ftp://ftp.geostor.arkansas.gov/geostor_raster_02/AHTD_MAP_SERIES/CURRENT/lonoke_city.PDF. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (2007) (PDF). Lonoke, Arkansas (Map). ftp://ftp.geostor.arkansas.gov/geostor_raster_02/AHTD_MAP_SERIES/CURRENT/beebe_city.PDF. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (PDF). State Highway Route and Section Map: White County, Arkansas (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mwhit_ras.pdf. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways". Arkansas State Highway Department. 1926. Retrieved March 12, 2011.