Arkansas Highway 12

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Highway 12 marker

Highway 12
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 56.6 mi[1] (91.1 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: SH-116, Oklahoma state line
  AR 59 / AR 264 at Gentry
US 71B / AR 72 at Bentonville
I-49 / US 62 / US 71 at Rogers
US 62 – Rogers
East end: AR 23 east of Clifty
Location
Counties: Benton, Madison
Highway system
AR 11 AR 13

Arkansas Highway 12 is an east–west state highway in Northwest Arkansas. The route runs 56.60 miles (91.09 km) from Oklahoma State Highway 116 near Cherokee City east to Arkansas Highway 23 near Clifty.[2]

Route description[edit]

AR 12 in east Rogers.

AR 12 begins at the Oklahoma state line at SH-116. The route runs east, crossing AR 43 before entering Gentry. AR 12 meets AR 59B (Collins Avenue)[3] and AR 59 (Gentry Blvd.)[3] before leaving the city. The highway continues east through Springtown and Highfill, meeting AR 264 in south Highfill. AR 12 angles north past Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to Vaughn before meeting AR 112 and US 71B near the Bentonville Municipal Airport. AR 12 becomes concurrent with many routes for the next 9.0 miles (14.5 km), crossing the Fulbright Expressway (I-49/US 62/US 71) entering Rogers.[2]

The route runs along former US 62B before meeting AR 94 in Rogers. After this the concurrency ends, and AR 12 becomes a winding 2-lane road with several steep grades and hairpin curves around Beaver Lake. The route meets AR 303 near War Eagle and AR 127 near Clifty, when the route terminates at AR 23.[4]

From Rogers east to Clifty, the Scenic Highway 12 East Association maintains a website which outlines various points of interest on this segment of highway. Hydrologically Arkansas Highway 12 lies within the Arkansas River catchment basin.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies

County Location mi[2][4] km Destinations Notes
Benton   0.0 0.0 SH-116 west – Colcord Oklahoma state line
  0.5 0.8 AR 43 – Maysville, Siloam Springs
Gentry 5.8 9.3 AR 59B (Collins Avenue)
6.0 9.7 AR 59 (South Gentry Boulevard) – Gravette, Siloam Springs
Highfill 14.0 22.5 AR 264 east – Cave Springs, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Regional Avenue - Airport
Vaughn 20.1 32.3 AR 279 north (South Vaughn Road) to AR 102
Bentonville 26.0 41.8 AR 112 south (Southwest I Street) – Cave Springs
US 71B north (South Walton Boulevard) west end of US 71B overlap
Bentonville
Rogers
I-49 south (US 62 west / US 71 south) / US 71B south (West Walnut Street) to AR 94 – Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville east end of US 71B overlap; west end of I-49 / US 62 / US 71 overlap; AR 12 west follows exit 85
Bentonville I-49 north (US 71 north) / AR 102 west (Southeast 14th Street) – Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton east end of I-49 / US 71 overlap; AR 12 east follows exit 86
Rogers AR 94 east – Rogers Business District west end of AR 94 overlap
US 62 east / AR 94 west – Pea Ridge National Military Park east end of US 62 / AR 94 overlap
North Second Street - Fayetteville former US 62B west / AR 12 west
  11.5 18.5 AR 303 north – Rocky Branch Recreation Area
Lookout 16.5 26.6 AR 127 south
Madison   23.5 37.8 AR 45 south to US 412
  28.7 46.2 AR 127 north
  29.9 48.1 AR 23 – Eureka Springs, Huntsville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

History[edit]

Arkansas Highway 12 was one of the original 1926 state highways.

The route from Oklahoma to Rogers was originally designated as Arkansas State Road B-27 in Arkansas' initial state highway system of 1924.[5] The route was unpaved. Upon redesignation in 1926, Arkansas Highway 12 was the major east–west route of north Arkansas, running from Oklahoma to Ash Flat via Harrison.[6] This AR 12 was a precursor to U.S. Route 62 in Arkansas, which supplanted AR 12 almost entirely in 1930.[7] The portion not replaced by US 62 remained AR 12, and is very similar to the present–day alignment. The routing was changed slightly in August 2010 when AR 12 replaced US 62 Business in east Rogers.[2]

Despite no major routing changes since 1930, AR 12 has seen major change along its shoulders. Running through small mountain towns at inception, today AR 12 serves America's sixth–fastest growing metropolitan area. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d General Highway Map - Benton County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (4/27/07 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Gentry, Arkansas." Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Gentry, AR map Retrieved on November 11, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Madison County map Retrieved on July 3, 2009.
  5. ^ Map of State of Arkansas Showing System of Primary and Secondary Federal Aid Roads and Connecting State Roads and Progress of Improvements (Map) (December 31, 1924. ed.). [Arkansas] State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Map of State of Arkansas Showing System of State Highways (Map) (1926 ed.). [Arkansas] State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Official Highway Service Map (Map) (March 1930 ed.). [Arkansas] State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Metros Ranked by Rate of Population Growth, 1990-2000 (Map). Census Scope. Retrieved March 17, 2011.