U.S. Route 67 in Arkansas

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U.S. Highway 67 marker

U.S. Highway 67
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 279.15 mi[1] (449.25 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 67 / US 82 in Texarkana at Arkansas state line
 
North end: US 67 near Corning at Missouri state line
Highway system
AR 66 AR 69

U.S. Route 67 is a U.S. highway running from Presidio, Texas northeast to Sabula, Iowa. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 279.15 miles (449.25 km) from the Texas border in Texarkana northeast to the Missouri border near Corning.[1] The route passes through several cities and towns, including Hope, Benton, Little Rock, Beebe, Walnut Ridge, and Pocahontas. US 67 runs concurrent with several highways in Arkansas including Interstate 30 (I-30) between Benton and Little Rock, U.S. Route 64 in Arkansas through White County, U.S. Route 63 in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, and with U.S. Route 62 in northeast Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 67 runs parallel to Interstate 30 from Texarkana to Benton, where it then runs concurrent with I-30 to North Little Rock. It then runs east, concurrent with I-40, for about 2 miles (3.2 km) then branches off to the northeast as a freeway to near Swifton.[2] Temporarily, US 67 travels west for about 6 miles (9.7 km) along Highway 226 at the end of the freeway to its old 2-lane alignment, where it continues north toward Hoxie.[3] Just south of Hoxie, US 67 is routed east along the US 63 bypass for a short distance, then north on a short section of freeway bypassing Hoxie and Walnut Ridge. This section of freeway will eventually be connected to the interstate-style freeway that currently ends at Arkansas Highway 226. It is currently under construction and will open in the next two to three years.

Just north of US-412, the freeway ends at a large, partially complete interchange, and US-67 becomes a five-lane undivided highway north to Pocahontas. From Pocahontas, US-67 turns northeasterly as a two-lane highway to Corning with a concurrency with US 62, then turns north again and crosses into Missouri.

History[edit]

Original trace of the Southwest Trail, precursor to U.S. Route 67 in the area.

The southwest-northeast bisector of Arkansas has always been an integral motor route.[4] Prior to designation as US 67, the route was known as the Southwest Trail, an old military road around 1803.[4] The Southwest Trail connected St. Louis, Missouri with Texas by steamboat in Fulton, Arkansas.[5] The main railroad was built along the Southwest Trail, which developed many towns along the route. President Andrew Jackson appropriated money for the route in 1831, and designated it as a National Road. Although the route shifted slightly, it always has followed the natural break between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains.

Money for road maintenance was raised individually by county in the early 20th century, which hindered development of the route.[4] In the 1920s, federal money became available, and the route was designated U.S. Route 67. The routing followed the Lakes to Gulf Highway and the Bankhead Highway. Federal designation brought paving to the route, which grew the small towns along the route.

In early 2009, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill naming the portion of US-67 from the Missouri state line to Jackson County "Rock n' Roll U.S. 67" as a tribute to the route that many musicians of the 1950s and 1960s took as they traveled. Governor Mike Beebe stated that he had hopes that the naming would bring tourism to northeast Arkansas. Porton of the route, and also Arkansas Highway 7 between Hope and Hot Springs frequently used by Bill Clinton is designated The Highway of Hope by Arkansas Code § 27-67-220.

Surviving bypassed alignments[edit]

Several portions of the original late 1920s alignment of US 67 have survived, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One listed segment is in Lawrence County, which is about 11.25 miles (18.11 km) in length, and runs north from Alicia to Hoxie, most of this being sandwiched between the present Arkansas Highway 367 and US 67, and the adjacent railroad tracks. Near the village of Village Creek Relief it briefly turns west, crossing Village Creek, and then rejoining the railroad tracks near the town of Relief.[6] A second listed segment, also about 11 miles (18 km) in length, extends from Biggers in central eastern Randolph County, northeast to Datto in Clay County, and then straight north to a junction with Arkansas Highway 211.[7] Another section in Miller County is also listed on the National Register.

Future[edit]

Arkansas is upgrading U.S 67 to a Interstate-grade freeway northeast of Little Rock. Currently, it runs to Highway 226 between Cash and Swifton. Construction is underway to extend the freeway to U.S 63 in the Hoxie/Walnut Ridge area, where it will connect to a pre-existing short section of U.S 67 freeway that ends at U.S. Route 412. However, as of 2015, it is unclear whether or not the Interstate-grade construction will continue north of Walnut Ridge. Long range plans called for the freeway to be extended to the Missouri state line, but Missouri has reportedly backed off on its commitment to continue the freeway north of the state line.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Miller Texarkana US 67 south / US 82 west (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to US 71 north / State Line Avenue Texas state line
US 71 north (Hazel Street) – Texarkana Business District South end of US 71 overlap
US 71 south (Hickory Street) North end of US 71 overlap
US 82 east (East 9th Street) North end of US 82 overlap
AR 245 to I-30 former interchange
Arkansas Boulevard / Airport Drive - Airport
AR 237 south / AR 296 east – Mandeville
Mandeville AR 296 west to I-30 / US 71
  AR 108 west to I-30
  I-30 west – Texarkana I-30 exit 12
Red River Bridge
Hempstead Fulton AR 355 north – Fulton, Millwood Dam
  To I-30 – Little Rock, Texarkana I-30 exit 18
Guernsey AR 353 north – Guernsey
Hope AR 174 south (Fulton Street)
US 278B west (Hervey Street) to I-30 South end of US 278B overlap
AR 29B south (Main Street) South end of AR 29B overlap
AR 29B north (Hazel Street) North end of AR 29B overlap
US 278 / AR 29 (Bill Clinton Drive) to I-30 north end of US 278B overlap
AR 73 south
  AR 174 north
Nevada Emmet AR 299 north to I-30 South end of AR 299 overlap
AR 299 south to AR 53 North end of AR 299 overlap
Prescott AR 332 west (Washington Road) – De Ann
US 371 south – Magnolia south end of US 371 overlap
US 371 north / AR 24 east to I-30 – Nashville, Bluff City north end of US 371 overlap
Clark   AR 51 north to I-30 – Okolona South end of AR 51 overlap
  AR 51 south – Beirne North end of AR 51 overlap
Gurdon AR 53 south – Whelen Springs, White Oak Lake State Park South end of AR 53 overlap
AR 182 west – Okolona
  AR 53 north to I-30 / AR 51 North end of AR 53 overlap
  AR 26S – Clark County Industrial Park
Gum Springs AR 26 (Reynolds Road) to I-30
Arkadelphia AR 7 south / AR 8 east / AR 51 north (Caddo Street) South end of AR 7 / AR 8 / AR 51 overlap
AR 8 west / AR 26 west / AR 51 south (Pine Street) to I-30 – Antoine, Amity North end of AR 8 / AR 51 overlap
Caddo Valley AR 7 north to I-30 – Hot Springs, DeGray Dam, Arkadelphia Human Development Center North end of AR 7 overlap
Hot Spring Friendship AR 283 north to I-30
Donaldson AR 51Y south to AR 51 south / AR 222 – Donaldson Business District
  AR 51 south to AR 222 – Donaldson Business District
Malvern US 270B west / AR 9 south (South Main Street) to I-30 south end of US 270B overlap
  US 270 to I-30 – Hot Springs, Sheridan north end of US 270B overlap
  AR 171 south
Saline   I-30 / Old Military Road – Texarkana, Little Rock I-30 exit 106
Haskell AR 229 south – Haskell, Traskwood
  I-30 west / AR 229 north – Texarkana south end of I-30 overlap; US 67 south follows exit 114
see I-30
Pulaski North Little Rock 143A I-40 west / US 65 north / AR 107 north – Conway, Fort Smith north end of I-30 / US 65 overlap; south end of I-40 overlap; US 67 north follows exit 143B; US 67 south follows exit 153B
154 North Hills Boulevard northbound exit and southbound entrance
155 I-40 east – Memphis North end of I-40 overlap; US 67 north follows exit 155
1 McCain Boulevard Signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound
Sherwood 3 Trammel Road / Wildwood Avenue signed as exits 2 (Trammel Road) and 3 (Wildwood Avenue) northbound
4 AR 176Y (Brookswood Street) no direct southbound exit
5 AR 176 (Kiehl Avenue)
Jacksonville 6 AR 440 – Memphis, Texarkana
8 Redmond Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
9 Main Street
10A James Street
10B Gregory Street no access across US 67
11 AR 161 – Air Force Base AR 161 is signed northbound at exit 10B
Lonoke   16 AR 5 / AR 321 / AR 367 – Heber Springs, Cabot Signed as exits 16A (AR 321 / AR 367) and exit 16B (AR 5) northbound
Cabot 19 AR 89 – Cabot
Austin 22 AR 305 – Austin
Ward 25 AR 319 – Ward
White Beebe 28 US 64 west / US 67B north – Beebe, Conway South end of US 64 overlap
29 AR 367S – Beebe
31 US 67B south / AR 31 – Beebe, Antioch
  35 AR 13 – McRae, Garner
Searcy 42 US 67B north / AR 367 south – Searcy, Garner
44 AR 367 – Searcy
45 AR 36 west – Searcy
46 US 67B south / AR 36 east – Searcy, Kensett
  48 AR 385 – Judsonia
  51 AR 157 – Judsonia
  54 B.K. Lake Road
Bald Knob 55 US 64 east / US 167 north – Bald Knob, Batesville North end of US 64 / US 167 overlap
  60 Russell
  65 AR 87 – Bradford
Jackson   69 CR 315 – Possum Grape
  Bridge over White River
Ingleside 74 AR 224
  80 AR 14 – Waldenburg
  82 AR 17 – Newport
Newport 83 AR 384 – Newport
85 AR 18 – Newport, Grubbs
  87 CR 43
  95 AR 37 – Tuckerman, Grubbs
Craighead   AR 226 east – Jonesboro, Cash, Arkansas State University North end of freeway; south end of AR 226 overlap; US 67 north follows exit 102
Jackson   AR 224 to CR 75
  AR 367 south – Tuckerman North end of AR 226 overlap
Lawrence Alicia AR 230 east – Bono
Minturn AR 228 west (Laurel Street) – Clover Bend
Hoxie US 63 north / US 67B north – Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Imboden, Hardy interchange; south end of US 63 overlap
Walnut Ridge US 63 south – Jonesboro Interchange; south end of freeway; north end of US 63 overlap
US 412 – Paragould, Walnut Ridge Interchange; north end of freeway
US 67Y to AR 34
US 67B south – Walnut Ridge Business District, truck route to US 412 west
Randolph Shannon AR 90 east – O'Kean
Pocahontas AR 304 east – Sharum, Delaplaine, Black River Technical College
AR 304N east
Black River Bridge over Black River
US 62 west – Imboden South end of US 62 overlap
see US 62 (mile 274.1-300.3)
Clay Corning US 62 east – Business District, Piggott North end of US 62 overlap
  AR 328 west – Success
  US 67 north – St. Louis Missouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (Database). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (May 13, 2011) (PDF). General Highway Map, Pulaski County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PulaskiCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (PDF). Route and Section Map, Jackson County, Arkansas (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mjack_ras.pdf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Hanley, Ray (1999). "Introduction". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. OCLC 99-65712. 
  5. ^ Hanley, Ray (1999). "Saline County to Miller County: Benton to Texarkana". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. OCLC 99-65712. 
  6. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Alicia to Hoxie". Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  7. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Biggers to Datto". Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 


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