Interstate 55 in Arkansas

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Interstate 55
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 72.22 mi[1] (116.23 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-55 / US-61 / US-64 / US-70 at Tennessee state line
  I-40 in West Memphis
Future I-555 / US 61 / US 63 / Hwy. 77 in Turrell
US 61 in Blytheville
North end: I-55 at Missouri state line
Highway system
Hwy. 54 Hwy. 56

Interstate 55 (I-55) is a north–south Interstate Highway that has a 72.22-mile (116.23 km) section in the U.S. state of Arkansas connecting sections in Tennessee and Missouri. The route enters Arkansas on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River from Memphis. It travels northward through northeast Arkansas connecting the cities of West Memphis and Blytheville. I-55 continues into Missouri heading to St. Louis, Missouri. The highway overlaps Interstate 40 in West Memphis and has a junction with Future Interstate 555, a spur route to Jonesboro, in Turrell. For the majority of its routing through Arkansas, I-55 generally follows U.S. Route 61 (US 61) through Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 55 splits from Interstate 40 in West Memphis.

I-55 enters Arkansas from Memphis, Tennessee on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River, sharing the bridge with US 61/US 64/US 70/US 79. Shortly after entering the state the highway enters West Memphis, where US 70 exits the route and becomes Broadway Avenue. I-55/US 61/US 64/US 79 form a concurrency with Interstate 40 at exit 5, an overlap that lasts 3.1 miles (5.0 km).[2] The highways split at I-40 exit 277, with I-40/US 63/US 79 continuing west to Little Rock and I-55/US 61/US 63/US 64 running north into Marion. US 64 exits I-55/US 61/US 63 in Marion, continuing west as Old Military Road toward Wynne. Interstate 55 continues to run through farmlands of the Arkansas delta, paralleling Highway 77 until Turrell.

Diagram of I-55 interchange #23, I-55/US 63/US 61 meets AR 77 and becomes I-555/US 63, I-55/US 61, and AR 77.

In Turrell, I-55/US 61/US 63 meets the southern terminus of Future I-555, a spur route of I-55 connecting Jonesboro to the Interstate Highway system. Future I-555/US 63 run north to Jonesboro, while Highway 77 and US 61 become frontage roads for I-55. Slightly east of this junction these frontage roads depart I-55, with Highway 77 running near Birdsong and US 61 serving Wilson. I-55 runs northeast to enter Mississippi County, Arkansas, having junctions with Highway 118 to Joiner, Highway 181 to Bassett, Highway 14 near Marie, and Highway 181 near Keiser. In Osceola, the route has a junction with Highway 140 near Osceola Municipal Airport.[3] I-55 continues northeast, intersecting minor state highways in rural Mississippi County before a junction with US 61 in south Blytheville. Interstate 55 intersects Highway 18 in Blytheville before exiting town headed due north. The route has a junction with Highway 150 just before crossing the Missouri state line.


Exit list[edit]

County Location # Destinations Notes
Bridge over Mississippi River
Crittenden West Memphis 1 Bridgeport Road
3A Hwy. 131 (Mound City Road) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
3B US 70 west (Broadway Avenue) – West Memphis North end of US 70 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
4 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to I-40 east – Memphis
5 I-40 west Northbound exit and southbound entrance; south end of I-40 overlap
279A Ingram Boulevard
278 Hwy. 191 north / 7th Street
7 Hwy. 77 / Missouri Street
8 I-40 west – Little Rock North end of I-40 overlap
Marion 10 US 64 west – Marion, Sunset, Wynne
14 James Mill Road
17 Hwy. 50 – Jericho
21 Hwy. 42
Turrell 23 Future I-555 / US 61 north / US 63 north / Hwy. 77 south Signed Exits 23A (US 63) and 23B (AR 77) southbound; north end of US 61 overlap
Mississippi 34 Hwy. 118 – Tyronza, Joiner
36 Hwy. 181 – Bassett
41 Hwy. 14 – Lepanto, Marie
44 Hwy. 181 – Keiser, Marie
48 Hwy. 140 – Osceola
53 Hwy. 158 – Victoria, Luxora
57 Hwy. 148 – Burdette
Blytheville 63 US 61 – Blytheville
67 Hwy. 18 – Blytheville
71 Hwy. 150Arkansas Int'l Airport
72 Arkansas Travel Info Center
Missouri State Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planning and Research Division (March 28, 2012). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (MBD). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (January 2, 2007) (PDF). General Highway Map, Crittenden County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/CrittendenCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (January 11, 2010) (PDF). General Highway Map, Mississippi County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/MississippiCounty.pdf. Retrieved April 26, 2012.

External links[edit]

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Interstate 55
Previous state:
Tennessee
Arkansas Next state:
Missouri