Arkansas Highway 73

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Highway 73
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Existed: 1926 – present
Section 1
Length: 18.59 mi[1] (29.92 km)
From: Hwy. 355
To: US 278
Section 2
Length: 12.37 mi[1] (19.91 km)
From: US 67, Hope
To: Hwy. 53
Location
Counties: Hempstead, Howard, Nevada
Highway system
Hwy. 72 Hwy. 74

Arkansas Highway 73 (AR 73 and Hwy. 73) is a designation for two state highways in South Arkansas. The western route of 18.59 miles (29.92 km) runs from US 278 north to Highway 355. An eastern alignment runs 18.59 miles (29.92 km) from US 67 in east Hope to Arkansas Highway 53.[2]

Route description[edit]

The Grandison D. Royston House is a log cabin located along the side of Highway 73 between Columbus and Hope listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Western segment[edit]

Highway 73 begins in Hempstead County at Highway 355 near Millwood Lake, close to the Howard County line. The route briefly enters Howard County before reentering Hempstead County near Columbus and the Columbus Presbyterian Church. Highway 73 runs along the southern border of the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Wildlife Management Area past the Grandison D. Royston House before intersecting Highway 195 at Crossroads. The route continues further southeast through rural country before terminating at US 278.

The route is a low traffic road with less than 1000 vehicles per day (VPD) from its western terminus to the junction with Highway 195. East of the intersection the Average daily traffic (ADT) increases to about 1300 VPD (as of 2010).[1]

Eastern segment[edit]

The route begins at US 67 in the eastern portion of Hope. Highway 73 runs east through Rocky Mound into Nevada County.[3] The route runs only briefly in the county before terminating at Highway 53. The route is two–lane undivided for its entire length.[1]

The route begins with an average of 2400 vehicles per day from US 67 in Hope to the intersection with Lake Shore Street, which provides access to William Jefferson Clinton Primary School (as of 2010).[1] East of the school the route's ADT drops to approximately 900 VPD; ADT drops further to 120 VPD upon entering Nevada County.

History[edit]

Arkansas 73 1926.svg

Highway 73 was an original 1926 state highway, which is the first year Arkansas numbered its highways in a traditional format. The route ran from Highway 55 near Albrook east to Highway 4 in Hope, and was mostly graveled. Highway 55 was renumbered to Highway 355 around 1958 in anticipation of Interstate 55 in northeast Arkansas. This is due to Arkansas conventions to only use each number once among Interstates, US highways, and state highways. Highway 4 was replaced by US 278 across the state in 1998.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Hempstead   0.00 0.00 Hwy. 355
Howard
No major junctions
Hempstead Cross roads 12.03 19.36 Hwy. 195
  18.59 29.92 US 278
Highway 73 begins in Hope
Hope 0.00 0.00 US 67 (3rd Street)
Nevada   12.37 19.91 Hwy. 53
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Hempstead County ed.). Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/HempsteadCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Nevada County ed.). Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/NevadaCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 1, 2011.