Arkansas Highway 59

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Highway 59 marker

Highway 59
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 93.24 mi[1] (150.06 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end: Hwy. 22, Barling
  I‑540 / US 71, Van Buren
US 64, Van Buren
I‑40, Van Buren
US 62, Summers
US 412, Siloam Springs
North end: Route 59, Missouri state line
Location
Counties: Benton, Crawford, Washington
Highway system
Hwy. 58 Hwy. 60

Arkansas Highway 59 is a north–south state highway in Northwest Arkansas. The route runs 93.24 miles (150.06 km) from Arkansas Highway 22 in Barling north to the Missouri state line through Van Buren, the county seat of Crawford County.[2] Highway 59 parallels US 59 (in Oklahoma) between Siloam Springs and Fort Smith.

Route description[edit]

AR 59 continues southbound after the concurrency with US 412 ends in south Siloam Springs.

The route begins in Barling at AR 22.[3] The route runs north to enter Van Buren, crossing I-540 and briefly concurring with US 64. The concurrency begins near the Joseph Starr Dunham House and before crossing Interstate 40.[2] The route exits town northbound, intersecting rural highways AR 162 and AR 220 in Cedarville and crossing Lee Creek on the historic Lee Creek Bridge. At this time, AR 59 is running through the Boston Mountains subdivision of The Ozarks. North of Cedarville, AR 59 curves west toward Oklahoma, coming within 0.1 miles (0.16 km) of the border.[2]

Entering Washington County, the route meets Arkansas Highway 156 in Evansville and AR 244 in Tofu.[4] The route continues north to Dutch Mills and Summers before entering Siloam Springs.

Upon entering Benton County, AR 59 concurs with US 412 east around the southeast edge of Siloam Springs. The concurrency ends and AR 59 continues north to Gentry. AR 59 passes near Kansas City-Southern Railway cars and Kansas City-Southern Depot in Decatur. The route continues north to AR 72 and the Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose No. 383 in Gravette. The highway runs further north to Wee Pine Knot, the Adar House, and Butler Creek Cemetery in Sulphur Springs. AR 59 meets Missouri Route 59 at the Missouri state line and terminates.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Sebastian Barling 0.0 0.0 Hwy. 22 Southern terminus
Crawford Van Buren 8.7 14.0 US 64 west (Broadway St.) Concurrency begins
9.1 14.6 US 64 east (Broadway St.) Concurrency ends
11.2 18.0 I‑40 I-40 exit 5
Figure Five 15.0 24.1 Hwy. 348 east AR 348 western terminus
Dripping Springs 17.4 28.0 Hwy. 220 west (Uniontown Highway) AR 220 eastern terminus
Cedarville 19.4 31.2 Hwy. 162 east AR 162 western terminus
21.4 34.4 Hwy. 220 east AR 220 western terminus
Washington Evansville 40.9 65.8 Hwy. 156 west AR 156 eastern terminus
Tofu 41.2 66.3 Hwy. 244 west AR 244 eastern terminus
Dutch Mills 44.5 71.6 Hwy. 45 east AR 45 western terminus
Summers 50.6 81.4 US 62 east Concurrency begins
52.2 84.0 US 62 west Concurrency ends
Wedington 61.4 98.8 Hwy. 244 east AR 244 western terminus
Benton Siloam Springs 67.4 108.5 US 412 west Concurrency begins
67.8 109.1 Hwy. 16S east (E Kenwood Road) AR 16S western terminus
68.6 110.4 Hwy. 16 east (Progress Avenue) AR 16 western terminus
69.6 112.0 US 412 east Concurrency end
70.1 112.8 Hwy. 980 east to Smith Field AR 980 western terminus
70.6 113.6 Hwy. 43 north (Cheri Whitlock Drive) AR 43 southern terminus
Gentry 75.5 121.5 Hwy. 59B north (Collins Avenue) AR 59B southern terminus
75.7 121.8 Hwy. 12 (3rd Street) AR 59B southern terminus
76.0 122.3 Hwy. 59B (E Main Street) AR 59B northern terminus
76.6 123.3 Hwy. 59S south (Railroad Avenue) AR 59S northern terminus
Decatur 81.5 131.2 Hwy. 102 east (E Roller Avenue) Concurrency begins
81.6 131.3 Hwy. 102 west (Main Street) Concurrency ends
Gravette 88.2 141.9 Hwy. 72 east (Atlanta Street SE) Concurrency begins
88.3 142.1 Hwy. 72 west (Main Street NW) Concurrency ends
Sulphur Springs 95.0 152.9 Route 59 north northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

History[edit]

When Arkansas established its first numbered state highway system in 1926, Arkansas Highway 59 was designated for a route that led from Eudora to the Louisiana state line.[6] The South Arkansas route later became Arkansas Highway 159, and 59 number moved to northwest Arkansas. In 1936, AR 59 ran from Van Buren north to Siloam Spprings. From Highway 72 at Gravette, north to the Missouri State Line, AR 59 is the original alignment of U.S. Highway 71. The road continues north into Missouri as Route 59.

The route was widened by the AHTD in 2007 around Siloam Springs.[7]

Bannered routes[edit]

AR 59 has two bannered routes, both in Gentry.

Gentry business route[edit]

Hwy. 59B southern terminus at Hwy. 59 in Gentry

Highway 59B
Location: Gentry
Length: 0.94 mi[1] (1.51 km)

Arkansas Highway 59 Business is a 0.94-mile (1.51 km) business route in Gentry.

Gentry spur[edit]

Hwy. 59S eastern terminus at Hwy. 59 in Gentry

Highway 59S
Location: Gentry
Length: 0.71 mi[1] (1.14 km)

Arkansas Highway 59 Spur is a 0.71-mile (1.14 km) spur route in Gentry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Crawford County, Arkansas (Map) (4/27/07 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/CrawfordCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Sebastian County, Arkansas (Map) (10/3/2008 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/SebastianCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Washington County, Arkansas (Map) (10/3/2008 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/WashingtonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Benton County, Arkansas (Map) (8/24/2010 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/BentonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  6. ^ [Arkansas] State Highway Department. Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways (Map) (1926 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1926A.tif. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "Annual Report - 2007". ATHD. Publication. Retrieved on March 2, 2009.