Loop (Texarkana)

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I-49.svgI-369.svgUS 59.svg
US 71.svgTexas Loop 151.svgArkansas 151.svg

Texarkana Loop
Route information
Length: 16 mi (26 km)
Major junctions
CCW end: I‑30 / I‑369 / US 59 in Texarkana, TX
 

US 82 in Texarkana, TX
US 67 in Texarkana, TX
I‑369 / US 59 / SH 93 / Loop 151 in Texarkana, TX
I‑49 / US 71 / Hwy. 151 in Texarkana, AR
US 71 in Texarkana, AR
US 82 in Texarkana, AR

I‑30 in Texarkana, AR
CW end: US 59 / US 71 in Texarkana, AR
Highway system

The Loop is a beltway around Texarkana, a twin city in the U.S. states of Arkansas and Texas, running about 16 miles (26 km). Consisting a section of Interstate 49 in Arkansas, and Loop 151 and a section of I-369 and U.S. Highway 59 in Texas, it forms a three-quarter loop around the east, south and west sides of the city. (Interstate 30 completes the circle on the north side.) The Loop is built to Interstate Freeway Standards.

The south side is bisected by State Line Avenue, which runs north–south along the state line. The whole half in Arkansas is Highway 151; US 59 intersects the Loop near the southwest corner, and so only the south side in Texas is Loop 151. Old US 59 into Texarkana - Lake Drive - is now State Highway 93.

Route description[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

North of the junction with Highway 549 and U.S. Highway 71, The former Highway 245 is part of the north–south Corridor, a planned extension of Interstate 49 north to Kansas City. (This extension will also include Highway 549.) The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department submitted this piece, as well as its continuation west to the state line, as Interstate 130 (I-130) in fall 2000. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials denied the part from US 71 west to Texas, as "the state of Texas has not submitted a companion application for a suitable terminus in Texas", but the piece from US 71 north to I-30 was approved on December 8, 2000 as Future I-130. Once it is upgraded to Interstate standards and added to the Interstate Highway System by the Federal Highway Administration, it will be signed as I-130.[1][2]

Arkansas is using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to pave the final segment of future I-130, from the Arkansas Boulevard interchange to a new freeway-to-freeway interchange with I-30.[3] Once this section is opened, the only remaining requirement to become I-130 will be upgrading the at-grade intersection with 19th Street to a full interchange; the right-of-way for this was reserved years ago. However, with I-49 also pending completion between Texarkana and Shreveport, Louisiana (including a segment in Arkansas also being built with ARRA funds[3]), I-49 will be part of the loop instead of I-130 by Summer of June 2014 this year.

In May 2013, Highway 245 was replaced by Highway 151 between Highway 549 and Loop 151. Between Hwy 549 and Arkansas Blvd, Highway 245 it was replaced by an extended Highway 549. North of Arkansas Blvd, 245 was removed from service and re-designated Four States Fair Blvd.

In January 2014, Highway 549 was added to Interstate 49 in Arkansas.

Texas[edit]

Loop 151 connects Highway 151 to US 59. Along with the south leg of Highway 151, it is the newest part of the Loop.

Note: A former, unrelated state highway also bearing the Loop 151 designation in Denison was redesignated as State Highway 75-A in 1946, and is now part of State Highway 91.

I-369 and US 59 forms the final leg of the loop, from Lake Drive to Interstate 30. This section, known officially as Jarvis Parkway, also crosses West 7th Street (U.S. Highway 67) and New Boston Road (U.S. Highway 82). Interstate 369 was designated on May 30, and was installed on September 23, 2013.[4]

History[edit]

Future[edit]

In the Near Future, Interstate 49 and Interstate 369 would connect to each other. Then The Texarkana Loop will Loop Around.

Exit list[edit]

State County Location Mile[5][6] km Exit Destinations Notes
Texas Bowie Texarkana 0.00 0.00 I‑30 / US 59 east – Dallas, Little Rock North end of overlap with I-369, north end of overlap with US 59
0.20 0.32 FM 559 (Richmond Road) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
0.40 0.64 US 82 (New Boston Road)
1.20 1.93 Westlawn Drive – Wake Village
2.10 3.38 US 67 (7th Street)
3.20 5.15 Frontage Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
3.80 6.12 US 59 south / SH 93 north (Lake Drive)
Loop 151
South end of overlap with I-369
South end of overlap with US 59
West end of Loop 151 and overlap
4.50 7.24 FM 3527 (Leopard Drive) Northbound exit and southbound entrance, southbound access via previous exit
5.70 9.17 FM 558 (Buchanan Road)
TexasArkansas state line BowieMiller county line TexarkanaTexarkana city line 7.30
0.00
11.75
0.00
South State Line Avenue State border, Loop 151 becomes Highway 151
Arkansas Miller Texarkana 1.40 2.25 1
29A
I‑49 south – Shreveport, LA
Hwy. 151
South end of overlap with I-49
East end of Highway 151 and overlap
1.90 3.06 2
29B
US 71 – Texarkana
3.20 5.15 31 Hwy. 196 (Genoa Road)
4.60–
5.20
7.40–
8.37
32 US 82 (East 9th Street) / East 19th Street
6.80 10.94 35 Arkansas Boulevard / Four States Fair Parkway
8.90 14.32 37 I‑30 – Hope, Little Rock, Texarkana, Dallas Split into exits 37A (east) and 37B (west)
12.20 19.63 41 CR 23 (Sanderson Lane)
ArkansasTexas state line MillerBowie county line TexarkanaTexarkana city line 14.10 22.69 US 59 / US 71 (North State Line Avenue) – Texarkana, Ashdown, Fort Smith Northern terminus, state border
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Report of the Special Committee on Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways, Saturday, December 9, 2000
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Interstate 130 to be designated in Arkansas, January 2001
  3. ^ a b AHTD list of ARRA projects (Though both are labeled "Hwy. 71" here, as described #030325 is Hwy. 245/future I-130 & I-49, while #030354 is Hwy. 549/future I-49.)
  4. ^ "Texarkana Freeway Added to Interstate 69 System". Alliance for I-69 Texas. September 25, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Google Maps - Texas
  6. ^ Google Maps – Arkansas